Elidel for Treating Vitiligo
There are times when a healthcare provider may prescribe Elidel® (pimecrolimus) for something other than its approved use: the treatment of atopic dermatitis. For example, there are some instances where Elidel may be prescribed for treating vitiligo. This is called an unapproved, or "off-label," use.
Elidel belongs to a group of medications known as immunosuppressants. It works by decreasing the activity of the immune system. A small amount is typically applied on the affected areas of the skin twice a day.
(For more details on using this drug for treating vitiligo, click Elidel Uses. This Web selection describes how this medicine works and lists other approved and unapproved uses for the drug.)