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Please describe the medication: elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Please describe the medication: elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Immunomodulator: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is an immunomodulating medication that acts to reduce inflammation in a manner different than steroids and without steroid side-effects. Pimecrolimus is sometimes used as a steroid-sparing agent in patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema. ...Read more

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If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) once a day for years am i putting myself at increased risk for cancer?

If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) once a day for years am i putting myself at increased risk for cancer?

Risk/Benefit ratio: All drugs have risks and benefits, even Aspirin and Acetaminophen (tylenol). Medications are used for a benefit which is often very helpful. High benefit may be worth high risk or known side effects (eg chemotherapy). Here is info on Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0045108/#ddic601811.Side_effects_section. ...Read more

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I have nasty eczema. How effective is elidel (pimecrolimus)?

I have nasty eczema. How effective is elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Somewhat: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat eczema. It works best on mild to moderate eczema and when chronic treatment is needed. For moderate to severe eczema, often a more potent topical steroid cream is used to get the rash under control before switching to the safer, but weaker elidel. ...Read more

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My skin is dry and sensitive. Tried a dozen of moisturizer and none of them work. Not even vaseline. Any suggestion? Can I use elidel (pimecrolimus) as moisturizer ? For long term?

My skin is dry and sensitive. Tried a dozen of moisturizer and none of them work. Not even vaseline. Any suggestion? Can I use elidel (pimecrolimus) as moisturizer ? For long term?

See doc.: For simple dry skin - make sure skin is moist prior to applying vaseline - use twice a day or alternate with another moisturizer during day such as lachydrin or carmol. This always works. If not, you do not have just dry skin. Elidel (pimecrolimus) is not a moisturizer and should not be used without supervision. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000236. ...Read more

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How long should someone be on elidel (pimecrolimus)?

How long should someone be on elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Safety tips: It is not known if Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is safe to use for a long period of time (possible cancer?) do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream continuously for a long time. Use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream only on areas of your skin that have eczema. Do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream on a child under 2 years old. ...Read more

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How long should someone be on elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Safety tips: It is not known if Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is safe to use for a long period of time (possible cancer?) do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream continuously for a long time. Use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream only on areas of your skin that have eczema. Do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream on a child under 2 years old. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Immunomodulator: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is an immunomodulating medication that acts to reduce inflammation in a manner different than steroids and without steroid side-effects. Pimecrolimus is sometimes used as a steroid-sparing agent in patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema. ...Read more

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