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What Is Pimecrolimus Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

Atopic dermatitis is thought to occur when the immune system has an overactive response to some kind of trigger, leading to symptoms such as redness, inflammation, and itching. Pimecrolimus belongs to a group of immunosuppressants called topical calcineurin inhibitors. It works by decreasing the activity of the immune system, which can help relieve the symptoms of eczema.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Pimecrolimus?

Pimecrolimus is approved for use in children as young as two years old. However, the long-term effects of this medicine on the immune system of a child are unknown. Therefore, you should talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Pimecrolimus has not been adequately studied in adults aged 65 and older. Although the medication can be used in older adults, they may need to be monitored more closely for side effects, especially at the beginning of treatment.

Is Pimecrolimus Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than atopic dermatitis. This is called an "off-label" use. Off-label uses for pimecrolimus may include:
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