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What Is Topical Pimecrolimus?

If your healthcare provider prescribes pimecrolimus (Elidel®), it is important to know what this medicine is and what you need to discuss with your doctor before beginning treatment.
Pimecrolimus is a topical medicine, meaning it is applied directly on the skin. It is typically applied twice daily on the affected areas of the skin. It is specifically approved to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis (eczema) in adults and children as young as two years old.
Although this medicated skin cream is an effective treatment for some people, not everyone can use this drug. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of any type of cancer, a weakened immune system, or any type of skin infection.
(Click Pimecrolimus for an in-depth look at what this topical medicine is prescribed for and how it works. This resource also discusses dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and what your doctor needs to know before you begin treatment.)
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