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What Is Elidel?

If your healthcare provider recommends treating your atopic dermatitis symptoms with Elidel® (pimecrolimus), you may be wondering what this medicine is and how it works.
 
This medication is available by prescription only and is specifically approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis, a common type of eczema. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as two years old.
 
Elidel is a type of immunosuppressant and works by suppressing an overactive immune system. The cream is applied to the affected areas of the skin twice daily. Possible side effects may include headaches, coughing, and burning at the application site.
 
(Click Elidel for the full eMedTV article on what this drug is prescribed for and how it works. This resource also discusses dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and some general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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