Elidel for Psoriasis
Elidel® (pimecrolimus) is a prescription medicine approved to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis (eczema). However, there are times when a healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the treatment of eczema. This is known as an "off-label" use. For example, treating psoriasis with Elidel is one of the possible off-label uses for this medicine.
Elidel is a type of immunosuppressant, which works by making the immune system less active. It comes as a cream that is applied on the affected areas of the skin twice daily.
(Click Elidel Uses for more details on using this drug for psoriasis. This article also describes approved and unapproved uses for this medicated skin cream, and explains how this medicine works.)