Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream

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General Information

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream is indicated for the treatment of skin conditions. It is a condition called eczema or atopic dermatitis. Eczema makes your skin red and itchy. It is a long-lasting and tends to flare periodically. It is common in children but this may also occur at any age.

This cream is used in people who should not use or have not responded to other eczema medications.

 

How does Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream work?

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream works by blocking the creation of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These are made by white blood cells in the skin as part of the body’s immune reaction to irritation or allergy. It is also part of a cascade of events in the skin that results in the irritated area becoming inflamed –swollen, red, and itchy.

As Pimecrolimus stops the white blood cells in the skin from producing cytokines, it decreases inflammation in the skin.

 

Why use Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream?

Elidel Cream contains Pimecrolimus as an active ingredient. It is a type of medicine called skin-selective inflammatory cytokine inhibitor. It is a white to off-white crystalline powder. Each gram of Elidel Cream contains 10mg of Pimecrolimus. This medication belongs to the class known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.

 

How to use Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream?

Elidel Cream is used on the skin only. Avoid getting it in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. Apply it exactly as it is directed by your doctor.

Wash your hands properly with soap and water before using the cream. Apply a thin layer to the affected areas of skin. it is usually applied twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Rub the cream gently and completely. Wash your hands after using the medication, unless your hands are being treated. If your doctor recommended a moisturizer, apply it after the medication.

 

What are the side-effects of Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream?

  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Acne
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nausea
  • Skin bumps or warts on treated areas
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Burning or warm feeling on treated areas
  • Tingling, soreness, stinging of treated skin
  • Painful menstruation

 

Warnings and Precautions

  • Do not apply the cream to open wounds or infected areas. Do not also cover the treated area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless it is directed by your doctor.
  • Right after applying the medication, you should not bathe or swim.
  • Let your doctor know if you are allergic to it.
  • Talk to your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.