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What Is Protopic Used For?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Protopic® (tacrolimus ointment) for the use of atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. In particular, this medication is recommended for severe cases that have not responded to other forms of treatment (this is called "second-line" treatment). The lower-strength version can be used in children as young as two years old.
Protopic is used for a few off-label reasons as well, such as mild atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, another skin condition. There is nothing wrong with using a drug off-label. This simply means the medication is being prescribed for a condition that it is not approved to treat, which is a common practice.
(Click Protopic Uses to learn more about this topic, including how this medicine works and whether it is given to older adults.)
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