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What is Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate) used for?
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Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate) is a topical immunosuppressant prescribed to treat patients suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis. The medication operates by suppressing immune responses that cause the swelling, redness, and irritation associated with these conditions. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate)?
Always follow the instructions provided by your physician to get the most effective results while using Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate). It is normally administered twice daily, but your individual dosage will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly wash and dry the area being treated before applying a thin layer of medication. Gently massage it into the skin allowing any excess ointment to evaporate. Wash your hands with soap and water after each application to prevent the ointment from contacting any areas not being treated. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate)?
The use of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Tell your physician if any symptoms become severe or if more serious side effects appear including inflammation of the hair follicles, sensitive skin, flushing, acne outbreaks, or swollen lymph glands. These may cause serious complications requiring adjustments to your dosage to prevent more problems from occurring.
Never apply Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate) to skin that is broken or damaged. It is also important to never apply the ointment to areas close to mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose or mouth as this may cause complications. Inform your physician if you have infected dermatitis, an underactive immune system, or if you have skin cancer as these conditions may cause problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.