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Elidel Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using pimecrolimus topical (Elidel)?

You should not use pimecrolimus if you are allergic to it, or if you have a bacterial or viral skin infection (including herpes or chicken pox).

To make sure pimecrolimus is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • skin cancer or any type of skin infection;
  • Netherton's syndrome (a genetic skin disorder);
  • a weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines); or
  • swelling, redness, or irritation over large skin areas.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pimecrolimus will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether pimecrolimus passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.

Pimecrolimus should not be used on a child younger than 2 years old.

A small number of people have developed skin cancer or lymphoma after using pimecrolimus or tacrolimus (Protopic) skin medications. However, it is not known if either of these medicines causes skin cancer. Talk to your doctor about your individual risk.

How should I use pimecrolimus topical (Elidel)?

Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Pimecrolimus is not for long-term use.

Use pimecrolimus only on skin areas affected with eczema. Stop using the medicine once your symptoms have cleared up, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

Wash your hands before and after using pimecrolimus, unless you are using the medication to treat a hand condition.

Apply the medicine only to clean, dry skin. Use the smallest amount needed to apply a thin layer to the skin areas diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. Rub in gently.

Do not cover the treated skin with a bandage. Bandaging can increase the amount of drug you absorb through your skin and may cause harmful effects. Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after applying pimecrolimus topical. Water may wash off the medicine.

Right after applying pimecrolimus, you may need to rub in a moisturizing cream or lotion to keep your skin from getting too dry. Ask your doctor about which cream or lotion to use.

Pimecrolimus can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from a virus such as chicken pox or herpes (cold sores or shingles). Tell your doctor if you have been exposed to any illness, or if you have any signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, or flu symptoms.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.

Store at room temperature. Do not freeze. Keep the medicine tube tightly capped when not in use.

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