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Classification: Skin Care
Generic Name: Pimecrolimus
Typical Brand Names: Elidel

Elidel cream contains the active ingredient pimecrolimus, which is a type of medicine called a skin-selective inflammatory cytokine inhibitor. It is used to decrease skin inflammation in eczema.

Pimecrolimus is absorbed into the skin, where it works by blocking the production of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These are produced by white blood cells in the skin as part of the body's immune response to allergy or irritation, and are part of a cascade of events in the skin that results in the irritated area becoming inflamed - red, swollen and itchy.

As pimecrolimus stops the white blood cells in the skin from producing cytokines, it reduces inflammation in the skin.

Pimecrolimus cream is used to reduce the inflammation of the skin seen in eczema (atopic dermatitis). This relieves the symptoms of this condition, such as redness and itching.

Pimecrolimus is used for the short-term relief of eczema symptoms, and as intermittent treatment in the long-term management of eczema. The cream should be applied at the first signs of a flare-up of eczema (redness and itching of the skin), as this can help prevent progression to more severe flare-ups. Continuous long-term use of the cream should be avoided.

Product Name Price
Elidel 1% 30 gm - 1 Tube $116.76
Elidel 1% 30 gm - 2 Tubes $197.00
Elidel 1% 30 gm - 3 Tubes $265.13
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Elidel Directions To Use

•  Apply Elidel exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
 •  Apply Elidel twice a day, about 12 hours apart, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
 •  Wash your hands before and after each application, unless you are using Elidel to treat a hand condition.
 •  Before applying Elidel after a shower or bath, be sure the skin is completely dry.
 •  Apply a thin layer of Elidel to all skin areas that your doctor has diagnosed as having atopic dermatitis (e.g., eczema). Rub the medication gently and completely into the skin.
 •  Do not cover the area being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps. However, normal clothing can be worn over the treated areas.
 •  Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, do not apply any other skin products on the areas treated with Elidel.
 •  Do not bathe, shower or swim right after applying Elidel. This could wash off the medication.
 •  Use Elidel on the skin. Do not swallow this medication.
 •  Even though your skin will begin to look and feel better, it is important to keep using Elidel as instructed by your doctor. Elidel should be used for as long as the symptoms of atopic dermatitis persist or as directed by your doctor.
 •  Talk to your doctor if the condition does not improve or if it gets worse during the first few weeks of treatment.

Elidel Warnings and Side Effects

Do not use Elidel without first talking to your doctor if you have the congenital skin disorder Netherton's syndrome. Before using Elidel, tell your doctor if you: have a skin infection; have a disease of the immune system; or are using any other type of skin product (e.g., cream, ointment, lotion, etc.). You may not be able to use Elidel, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you have any of the conditions listed above. Elidel is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Elidel will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Elidel passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Elidel is not approved for use by children younger than 2 years of age.

  If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives), stop using Elidel and seek emergency medical attention.
 •  It is not unusual to experience skin burning, stinging, itching, or soreness at the site of application of the medication. These side effects are most common during the first few days of treatment and typically improve as the lesions of atopic dermatitis heal.
 •  Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Elidel and talk to your doctor if you experience:
      · irritation of nose and throat;
      · cough;
      · headache;
      · diarrhea, constipation, or upset stomach; or
      · skin infection.
 •  Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Elidel Missed Dose

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed, and use only the next regularly scheduled dose.

Elidel Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C-30°C (59°F-86°F). Do not freeze.

Elidel Overdose

There has been no experience of overdose with Elidel cream 1%. If oral ingestion occurs, medical advice should be sought.

Elidel More Information

Avoid sunlight and sun lamps, tanning beds, and treatments with UVA or UVB light. If you need to be outdoors after applying Elidel, wear loose clothing that protects the treated area from the sun. Also, ask your doctor what other type of protection from the sun may be needed. Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, do not apply any other skin products on the areas treated with Elidel.

Elidel Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.

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