What is Elidel (Pimecrolimus) used for?
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) is a topical immunosuppressant prescribed to treat patients with eczema (atopic dermatitis). It operates by weakening the immune system to slow the growth of excess skin which causes the symptoms of irritation, itchiness, and redness associated with this condition. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Elidel (Pimecrolimus)?
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical regimen is one daily application to the affected area, but your individual directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Rinse the skin before application to remove any dirt or loose skin, apply a small amount of cream, and gently massage it into the skin allowing any excess medicine to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each use to prevent the cream from contacting any areas not being treated or the mucous membranes as this may cause unexpected health problems.
What are the side effects of Elidel (Pimecrolimus)?
Some patients using Elidel (Pimecrolimus) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are deterioration of skin condition, new infection symptoms, severe burning or stinging, swollen glands, sore throat, fever, or flu symptoms. Inform your physician as soon as possible if you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure any necessary adjustments are made to your application frequency to prevent more health problems from appearing.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) should not be used to treat patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to macrolactam compounds such as tacrolimus, who have viral skin infections, an underactive immune system, or genetic skin defects. Also disclose if you have any other health conditions that may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Elidel (Pimecrolimus). 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.