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Doctor insights on: Pimecrolimus Medication

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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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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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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) 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)?

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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Is it safe to take pimecrolimus in pregnancy?

Is it safe to take pimecrolimus in pregnancy?

Probably: While any drug taken during pregnancy has the potential to negatively affect the fetus, calcineurin inhibitors like tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are considered category c drugs, which means that they have not been associated with fetal loss or birth defects in animal studies. However, category c also means that these drugs have not been well studies in humans, so there may be potential risks. ...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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Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) an effective treatment for rosacea or will it make it worse?

Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) an effective treatment for rosacea or will it make it worse?

Yes: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is an anti-inflammatory medication that may help the facial redness of rosacea, but will not help the pimples. ...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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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

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Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream safe or is there a cancer risk? Thanks.

Is Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream safe or is there a cancer risk? Thanks.

Unknown: Maybe slight cancer risks for reports, elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is second line, steroid ointments the best and probably alot less risky but only use steorid ointments up to max 2weeks/month or raise bp, cholesterol, thin skin and more. Use vaseline[petroleum jelly after shower most days to scaly skin] ...Read more

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I just moved to nebraska from mississippi. My 4 year old daughters eczema flared and was resistant to normal medicine like elidel (pimecrolimus). Why?

I just moved to nebraska from mississippi. My 4 year old daughters eczema flared and was resistant to normal medicine like elidel (pimecrolimus). Why?

Colder winters: Dry air secondary to winter indoor heating is the most likely causative agent assuming other allergic and stress variables unchanged. The dryness of the indoor air aggravates skin dryness making it itchier and stimulating the "itch scratch" cycle of eczema. Keep her bedroom cool, consider adding humidification, and be very aggressive with skin hydrating agents and oral antihistamines. Enjoy snow. ...Read more

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I have a red rash which affect my face and chest area which scratches me a lot and cause the area to flake up. If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) it goes away?

I have a red rash which affect my face and chest area which scratches me a lot and cause the area to flake up. If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) it goes away?

Red flaky face/chest: It sounds like you may have something called seborrheic dermatitis. Elidel (pimecrolimus) may be helpful, but alternate use of otc anti-dandruff shampoos a couple of times a week may be all you need. There are several types of skin problems that can cause what you describe, so your best bet is to see a dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on my cheeks. They are inflammed and the skin is flaking. I have been using elidel (pimecrolimus) but it does not seem to work. Any suggestions?

I have a red rash on my cheeks. They are inflammed and the skin is flaking. I have been using elidel (pimecrolimus) but it does not seem to work. Any suggestions?

Rosacea or seb derm: If you also have flaking in your scalp, it is probably seborrheic dermatitis, a benign but annoying skin problem. Try one of the anti-seborrheic shampoos such as selsun blue and otc Hydrocortisone cream. If the rash is more of a flushing reaction it could be rosacea, another benign but annoying problem. A dermatologist can differentiate the two, and prescribe stronger stuff if the otcs don't work. ...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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I have dermatitis and rosacea & have been prescribed Elidel (pimecrolimus). but of I go 2 days without using it I get bumps under the skin Is this a withdrawal?

I have dermatitis and rosacea & have been prescribed Elidel (pimecrolimus). but of I go 2 days without using it I get bumps under the skin Is this a withdrawal?

No: You can use Elidel (pimecrolimus) safely for long periods.
It is a non steroid. Sounds like it is helping the bumps - but you have to use it. You may have a chronic, that is, a long term problem! ...Read more

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I use elidel (pimecrolimus) since 10 days for treat the eczema in my face, could I stop it and use vibramycine instead of it knowing that I will do IVF after 2 months?

I use elidel (pimecrolimus) since 10 days for treat the eczema in my face, could I stop it and use vibramycine instead of it knowing that I will do IVF after 2 months?

Eczema: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a calcineurin inhibitor used for some skin problems in lieu of topical steroids. Vibramycin is a Tetracycline antibiotic and is used to treat some types of acne. It is not used for problems such as eczema. Furthermore, if you are to undergo IVF, I would strongly advise discussing ALL medications with your Fertility doc. As well, you might want to see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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For lupus Rash, which cream is better; PROTOPIC 0.1% or ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) 1%? and please describe the difference between the two. Thanks.

For lupus Rash, which cream is better; PROTOPIC 0.1% or ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) 1%? and please describe the difference between the two. Thanks.

Protopic.: Protopic and Elidel (pimecrolimus) are calcineurin inhibitors -- anti-inflammatory topical medications. Most dermatologists (me included) feel that Protopic works better than Elidel (pimecrolimus), and neither works as well as steroid creams on inflammatory skin diseases such as lupus - but they lack the steroid-related side effect risks, so worth a try before going to a steroid cream. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective cream for seborrheic dermatitis facial region (ketocanzole 2%, ciclopirox 1%, or pimecrolimus 1%)?

Which is the most effective cream for seborrheic dermatitis facial region (ketocanzole 2%, ciclopirox 1%, or pimecrolimus 1%)?

Ketoconazole: Ketoconazole is my preference. Apply 2x/day for 1-2 weeks, and then you can use a couple of times/week as maintenance/prevention. Short term use of 1% hydrocortisone cream 1-2/x day can be used for a few days also to minimize redness and irritation. Don't use hydrocortisone frequently due to side effects, including the thinning of the skin in this area. ...Read more

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