People who have mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis (eczema) may benefit from Elidel® (pimecrolimus) cream. This prescription medicine works by suppressing an overactive immune system. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as two years old.
The dose of Elidel cream your healthcare provider prescribes is the same for everyone, regardless of age. This standard dose is a thin layer applied to the affected areas of the skin twice daily. Possible side effects may include headaches, coughing, and common cold symptoms.
Before using this medicated skin cream, tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking. Also, make sure he or she knows if you have any allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(For more information on this medicated skin cream, click Elidel. This article describes specific uses of this medicine, outlines some general safety precautions, and offers dosing tips for how to apply it.)