Elidel Cream

Generic Name:Pimecrolimus Topical
Brand Name(s):Elidel

Elidel Cream is a topical skin cream used for various kinds of skin ailments. It has the active ingredient of Pimecrolimus which is used to treat certain skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) in people who should not use or have not responded to other eczema medications (e.g., topical steroids). Eczema is an allergic-type condition that causes red, irritated, and itchy skin. This drug works by changing the skin's defense (immune) system, thereby decreasing the allergic reaction that causes eczema.

The composition of Pimecrolimus belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs).This medication is not recommended if you have a history of a certain rare genetic disorder such as Netherton's syndrome. In addition, this medication should not be used by anyone who has a weakened immune system following an organ transplant. Elidel Cream should be used on the skin for short treatment periods only. If needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between this has been approved by FDA.

Elidel Cream Uses

Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medication. Apply a thin layer to the affected areas of skin, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Rub the medication into the skin gently and completely. Wash your hands after using this product unless your hands are being treated. If your doctor recommends a moisturizer, apply it after this medication. Elidel Cream is for use on the skin only. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. Do not apply this medication to open wounds or infected areas. Do not cover the treated area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not bathe, shower or swim right after applying this medication.

Cautions before Use

The precautions that are to be followed are as follows:

  • Before using Elidel Cream, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or if you have any other allergies. This skin care product contains active ingredients, of Pimecrolimus that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths and sunlamps.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of, mononucleosis, use of light therapy such as UVA or UVB, any skin infections like chicken pox and shingles.
  • People with a weaker immune system should avoid Elidel cream.

Elidel Cream Side Effects

The side effects that may occur due to the usage of Elidel cream are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the areas of face, tongue and throat
  • Mild burning or irritation at the affected area
  • Fever
  • Sore throat

Reactions and Overdose

While using Elidel cream patients should withdraw the usage of topical steroids and other ointments, lotions and creams as it may cause severe reactions.

Consult your doctor or prescriber about all prescribed drugs and non – prescribed, and herbal medications you are taking. Also, be cautious about any diet supplements you take. Since alcohol or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

An overdose effect happens if swallowed and that can lead to life risking problems.


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