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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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What is the definition or description of: elidel (pimecrolimus)?

What is the definition or description of: elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Elidel (pimecrolimus): Elidel is the trade name for pimecrolimus which is a derivative of the macrolactam ascomycin which is an immunosuppressant. Its mechanism of action appears to involve inhibition of the activation of t cells. It also prevents the release of inflammatory mediators from mast cells. The drug may impair local immunosurveillance. It is second line therapy for atopic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Is elidel (pimecrolimus) an effective medication for vitiligo?

Is elidel (pimecrolimus) an effective medication for vitiligo?

YES: Phototherapy, a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. A dermatologist performs this treatment. Medicines applied to the skin, such as: corticosteroid creams or ointments, immunosuppressant creams or ointments, such as pimecrolimus (e), methoxsalen, skin graft, and lastly, several cover-up makeups or skin dyes can mask vitiligo. ...Read more

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Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) affective in treating rosacea or will it make it worse?

Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) affective in treating rosacea or will it make it worse?

It may help: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a non-steroidal topical medicine that can help treat inflammation. Many patients with rosacea will need a topical steroid at times for flare-ups. However, Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a little more expensive than common, and certainly appropriate, topical steroids. You may want to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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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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How long will it take perioral dermatitis to heal with elidel (pimecrolimus)?

How long will it take perioral dermatitis to heal with elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Give it 3 weeks: If this does it respond/improve or gets worse within 3 weeks contact your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your skin to have a withdrawal from Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream?

Is it possible for your skin to have a withdrawal from Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream?

No: You do not indicate why it was used. Typical use is for eczema on the face. Elidel (pimecrolimus) can be very effective for this but is not a cure. So when you stop it you realize what is there in absence of therapy. ...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?

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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Just started Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream.What is the minimal time it must be on my skin after application to get fully absorbed before I can get me skin wet (shower)?

Just started Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream.What is the minimal time it must be on my skin after application to get fully absorbed before I can get me skin wet (shower)?

At least 20-30 min: The active agent is largely absorbed within 20-30 minutes, but it would be better to allow 1-2 hours for full active agent absorption before showering, but when done showering , pat the treated areas dry to avoid exfoliation of cells in the treated areas. Follow that with a moisturizer in treated areas. ...Read more