Elidel Medication Information
If you have atopic dermatitis (eczema) that has not improved with other treatments, your healthcare provider may prescribe Elidel® (pimecrolimus). As a type of immunosuppressant, this medication helps to make the immune system less active. It comes in the form of a cream that is applied on the affected areas of the skin twice daily.
Although most people tolerate this prescription medicine well, side effects can occur and may include coughing, headaches, and skin reactions at the application site. Fortunately, adverse reactions to this drug are minor and generally easy to treat.
Before using Elidel, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(For more information on this medication, click Elidel. This full-length article offers more details on how this skin cream works, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)