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How risky is protopic used around eyes area for eczema. Worried about the lymphoma risk listed in medication side effects.

How risky is protopic used around eyes area for eczema. Worried about the lymphoma risk listed in medication side effects.

No lymphoma risk: More recent studies fail to associate protopic with lymphoma. Tacrolimus orally in large doses permits organ transplants with some risks including lymphoma. FDA sometimes will err on the side of the most miniscule risks, otherwise known as CYA. ...Read more

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Does this protopic really work?

Does this protopic really work?

Protopic: Tacrolimus ointment is used to treat the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis; a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes) in patients who cannot use other medications for their condition or whose eczema has not responded to another medication. Tacrolimus is in a class of medications called topical calcineurin inhibitors. It is effective. ...Read more

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Is protopic dangerous if used indefinitely?

Is protopic dangerous if used indefinitely?

Yes: Protopic is an immunosuppressive topical medication which can increase the risk of developing skin cancer in sun exposed areas such as the face if used continuously for 2 years. It is recommended that you limit the use to only active flareups and take a break prior to reuse. For some conditions such as psoriasis, a maintenance dose of twice weekly applications are used. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does protopic help clear up peri oral demitits?

Does protopic help clear up peri oral demitits?

It can but it can: Be very irritating at first. Your derm or doctor should have you mix it with a steroid cream for 1-2 weeks and then it can be used alone. It is not my first line of treatment for Perioral derm, but in recalcitrant cases it can help ...Read more

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What are the side effects associated with protopic?

What are the side effects associated with protopic?

Skin burning: If you are talking about the ointment, the most common side effect is mild burning of the skin for a short while after use. This drug has not been approved for use in children under age two. ...Read more

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Can you help me I want to know if protopic ointment is a cortisteroid, or better or worse?

Can you help me I want to know if protopic ointment is a cortisteroid, or better or worse?

Different: Some people with ezcema respond well to steroid ointments. Others don't. Protopic works by stopping the immune system from releasing certain chemicals which can trigger the ezcema reaction.. Different from steroids. ...Read more

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Can protopic be used on the neck?

Can protopic be used on the neck?

Protopic Ointment: As an ointment (protopic), tacrolimus is used in the treatment of eczema, particularly atopic dermatitis. It suppresses inflammation in a similar way to steroids, and is equally as effective as a mid-potency steroid. An important advantage of tacrolimus is that unlike steroids, it does not cause skin thinning (atrophy), or other steroid related side-effects. Yes, it can be used on the neck. ...Read more

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How long can I use protopic on my face?

How long can I use protopic on my face?

Short term: You should not use for more than 6 weeks according to drug information. Given potential for toxicity you should discuss with provider. ...Read more

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How long can you use protopic for eczema?

How long can you use protopic for eczema?

For a long time: Products like Protopic are used most effectively and safely if they are used intermittently along with other alternate treatments such as topical steroids. ...Read more

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What does protopic ointment cream do for you?

Blocks chemicals: Some people with ezcema respond well to steroid ointments. Others don't. Protopic works by stopping the immune system from releasing certain chemicals which can trigger the ezcema reaction.. Different from steroids. ...Read more

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What's your pref. Treatment 4 body/vulvar lichensclerosis? Clobetasol, protopic, or something else?

What's your pref. Treatment 4 body/vulvar lichensclerosis? Clobetasol, protopic, or something else?

Clobetasol: Treating lichen sclerosis generally requires a highly potent steroid like clobetasol. This is an especially good choice when lichen sclerosis is located on the vulva as clobetasol will not cause any long term skin changes to this fragile tissue area. ...Read more

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What's your pref. Treatment 4 body/vulvar lichensclerosis? Clobetasol, protopic, or something else?

What's your pref. Treatment 4 body/vulvar lichensclerosis? Clobetasol, protopic, or something else?

Topical steroids: Topical steroids would be first line treatment but this condition is difficult to control in some people. Injections of kenalog (triamcinolone) may be more effective and pro topic ointment could be used intermittently with the steroids to miniimize thinning of the skin. An old treatment which needs to be compounded is 2% testosterone propionate in aquaphor which does not cause thinning of the skin. ...Read more

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What does protopic ointment cream do to the skin?

What does protopic ointment cream do to the skin?

Anti-inflammatory: Acts as a mid-strength cortisone but not a cortisone. Especially useful for eyelid eczema. Very effective with no risk of cataracts or glaucoma or perioral dermatitis. Also used for chronic genital conditions because it does not cause atrophy. Recently generic, the rediculous price may come down next year. Not a cream, only ointment. 2 strengths, for children and adults. ...Read more

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Does protopic ointment help reduce psoriasis plaques or make them go away?

Does protopic ointment help reduce psoriasis plaques or make them go away?

Protopic Ointment: Here's a dilemma: you need to treat psoriasis on an area where strong topical steroids may be a problem, but milder corticosteroids are ineffective. What do you do? One easy solution is to use a non-steroid topical medication like Protopic ointment. ...Read more

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Does protopic ointment lighten skin in any way? Please, need some answers?

Does protopic ointment lighten skin in any way? Please, need some answers?

Discoloration yes: Lightened skin is not mentioned specifically. More likely is that the underlying eczema for which protopic was used could be responsible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to try protopic (tacrolimus) for psoriasis?

Can you tell me about it's like to try protopic (tacrolimus) for psoriasis?

See details: It is an effective topical ointment for treating psoriasis involving the face, genitals and skin folds. Toxicity risk is low. ...Read more

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Hi I had vitiligo in my face but when I use protopic it gone but im worry if it will come back?

Hi I had vitiligo in my face but when I use protopic it gone but im worry if it will come back?

WORRIED: Worrying will not help anything. Just see what happens, treat if needed. Can't predict and can't do anything to prevent it. ...Read more

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I have severe SD and am currently using protopic cream (been using over a month) but it's not improving what else could I try? Would tanning bed help

I have severe SD and am currently using protopic cream (been using over a month) but it's not improving what else could I try? Would tanning bed help

Seborrheic dermatiti: If SD is seborrheic dermatitis, it would be more beneficial for you to use an anti fungal cream and low dose hydrocortisone. If you the dermatitis is on your scalp or eyebrows, shampooing with ketoconazole shampoo, or one containing selenium, i.e. Head and Shoulders, would also help. Tanning beds won't dry out the skin or change this condition. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for eczema? I scrub in the or and can't apply creams, etc... As often as the dr's want me too. Have tried protopic with no results too

Any suggestions for eczema? I scrub in the or and can't apply creams, etc... As often as the dr's want me too. Have tried protopic with no results too

Hand Eczema: 1. Wash the hands as infrequently as possible and use gentle soaps-i.e. Dove
2. Apply a hand cream after washing and during the day. Neutragena hand cream and cetaphil hand cream are both great.
3. Keep the hands out of water--use rubber gloves with cotton liners when doing dishes.
4. Go to your doctor for corticosteroid ointments (sometimes creams work) when things start to flare. ...Read more

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Eczema - does protopic ointment (tacrolimus) work?

Eczema - does protopic ointment (tacrolimus) work?

Yes: It is not a steroid, so it is preferred on the face, especially eyelids. It is too expensive for widespread use on other areas. If you need long-term treatment in genital area, it might be appropriate. Otherwise a topical steroid is preferred. Of course attention to dry skin is basic. ...Read more

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How effective is protopic for eczema and what are the chances that it will cause cancer?

How effective is protopic for eczema and what are the chances that it will cause cancer?

Protopic Ointment: Protopic ointment is a prescription ointment used to treat moderate to severe eczema. Protopic is for use after other prescription medicines have not worked or when a doctor recommends that other prescription medicines should not be used. Protopic should be used for short periods, and, if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between. Never seen or heard of cancer with this medication. ...Read more

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I have vitiligo on my face but very small area. Bigger one are on my axillas. I have used protopic for these area. They were't cured.

I have vitiligo on my face but very small area. Bigger one are on my axillas. I have used protopic for these area. They were't cured.

You should have...: ...Some blood tests drawn to rule out any internal causes. Once that's done, look for a dermatologist with a uv light laser which is approved for vitiligo. Vitiligo is very difficult to treat in any case; there may not be an effective treatment for you. If not, special makeups such as covermark and dermablend are quite effective in concealing it. ...Read more

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My son 6years old has a halo narvus in body and has start vitiligo in an of his finger! Specialist give us protopic 0.1% and vitix. Can these go away?

My son 6years old has a halo narvus in body and has start vitiligo in an of his finger! Specialist give us protopic 0.1% and vitix. Can these go away?

Vitiligo: The good thing is that the most cosmetic part of the body is the face and you don't report any troubling lesions on his face. The bad news is that you do report that he does have some vitiliginous lesions on his hands. Those the second most cosmetic part of the body. See a cosmetic dermatologist for further advice. ...Read more

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Will protopic give you skin cancer?

No: There were reports of non-melanoma skin cancers in some patients using this medicine, but 50% of all americans will get a basal cell cancer in their lifetime so of course you will see some skin cancers in people using pro topic. Probably will see the same number of skin cancers in people who play nintendo, shop at target, or like asparagus. ...Read more