It is a medication used over skin for treating eczema (atopic dermatitis). It is only utilized over skin. It can be utilized by anyone who is above the age of 2 years. This ointment can be used for shorter or longer treatment periods.
In case of the latter, it is more intermittent that means commencing and ceasing in regularity under the direction of your physician. It can be used over dermis areas including your neck and face.
How to Take Drug
Application of the cream should be done on a daily basis (two times) by covering the area with thin layers. The layer should be then rubbed gently. The application in a day remains twice till the symptoms and signs of the disease continue. As soon as the symptoms starts to decrease or is eliminated completely, the treatment should not be continued. If the symptoms continue for a period of more than 6 weeks, you should opt for reevaluation from your physician. It is advisable that there should never be any dressing accompanying the cream on the wound.
You should always consult with your physician, if you are having congenital disorder in your skin (Netherton's syndrome).
Prior to the first application, tell them that you are:
- Taking injectable or oral Neoral (cyclosporine), Prograf (tacrolimus), CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) or similar other immunosuppressant medications;
- Having skin infections;
- Having disease in your immune system;
- Utilizing other skin products
In these cases, the drug might not be prescribed to you or dosage adjustment along with special monitoring will be on the cards.
Elidel belongs to Category C of FDA pregnancy meaning its effect on unborn babies is unknown. Still, take advice from your doctor in regard to this cream in care you are having or expecting a baby.
There are numerous drugs that interact with the cream. They include: tacrolimus, cyclosporine, azathioprine or sirolimus (immunosuppressants); ketoconazole, itraconazole or fluconazole (anti fungal medications); verapamil, diltiazem, nifedipine or nicardipine (heart medicine).
Apart from these, other medication can also interact with drugs leading to side effects.
Burning or warmth feeling is common side effects of Elidel. Such sensations can be moderate to mild, occurring for almost 5 days and clearing within few days. It the sensation persists above a week, consult your physician. Other effects include cold, cough, headache, sore throat, influenza, viral infection and fever. Some individuals might even get herpes, swollen lymph node and warts.
If a dose has been missed, try to take it whenever it comes to mind. However, the missed dose should be missed, if you remember it on the time of the proceeding dose.
Till date, there is no evidence of any overdose symptom with this cream. However in case of oral ingestion, consultation with your physician is a must.
This cream should be stored at an average temperature of 25°C and freezing should be avoided.