Elidel 10 mg
Elidel 10 mg is a topical prescription treatment used to treat a skin condition called eczema. It is prescribed to adults and children above two years of age and older. The active ingredient of the medicine is Pimecrolimus, which works to treat early signs and symptoms of eczema including redness, itching, tiny bumps, and thickening of the skin. The topical treatment is used for a short period and if needed can be used with repeated breaks in between. This cream can be prescribed to you after another prescription treatment that has not worked for you. It is a wise decision to use this topical agent only after consulting a dermatologist as this it is not known whether it is safe and effective to use in people with a weak immune system.
Clinical uses of Elidel
Elidel, 1% cream, is indicated for the treatment of eczema symptoms. It is prescribed for treating episodes of eczema. It is best to start the treatment as soon as the first symptoms of eczema or atopic dermatitis appears. This is to avoid the progression to more severe symptoms that may require the use of a topical steroid. This cream containing pimecrolimus is a steroid-free medicine that is extremely beneficial in treating inflammation of the skin.
Apply a thin layer of Elidel 1% cream on the affected area of the skin twice a day to reach its maximum effects. The user must stop using the cream once the symptoms of eczema such as rash, itching, and redness resolve. Prefer using this cream only after discussing with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will also instruct you on what action to take if the signs and symptoms reappear. Therefore, it is necessary to follow all the directions given by your dermatologist. If the symptoms persist more than a period of six weeks, the patient should be re-examined by the dermatologist to identify the appropriate treatment. Continuous and long term use of topical Pimecrolimus should be avoided and make sure you apply the medication only on the affected areas of the skin.
Possible Side Effects
The most common side effects experienced by most people after using Elidel cream include burning of the skin, flu, headache, fever, cough, common cold, stuffy nose, sore throat, and viral infections like shingles, chicken pox, cold sores, swollen glands. Tell your physician if you get a viral infection or any other side effects with Pimecrolimus cream. This is not the complete list of side effects, talk to your physician for more information.
Topical Elidel can be applied on any area of the skin including face and skin folds which may be susceptible to side effects from corticosteroid creams. It should not be applied by individuals who are allergic to Pimecrolimus or other ingredients of the medication. People with a weak immune system should not use this cream. You may be advised to avoid sun exposure when possible during the treatment. Nursing mothers who are treated with Elidel should first talk to their health care provider before using it.