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What If I Use Too Much Pimecrolimus?

An overdose with pimecrolimus is unlikely to result in extremely dangerous problems. However, it is important to seek medical attention if you have taken this medication by mouth.
(Click Elidel Overdose for more information.)

What If I Miss a Dose?

If you forget to apply your dose, do it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, you should simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not apply extra medication to make up for a missed dose.

How Does It Work?

Atopic dermatitis is thought to occur when the immune system has an overactive response to a trigger, leading to symptoms such as redness, a rash, and itching. Pimecrolimus is an "immunosuppressant" medication, which means it reduces the activity of the immune system. By making the immune system less active, pimecrolimus can relieve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

Clinical Effects

In clinical studies, pimecrolimus has been shown to improve symptoms of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in children and adults. In these studies, 35 percent of people using the drug were clear or almost clear of symptoms after six weeks of treatment, compared to 18 percent of people using a cream that did not contain any active ingredients (a placebo cream). In addition, 57 percent of the pimecrolimus group had mild to no itching after six weeks, compared to 34 percent of the placebo group.
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