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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.

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology

In brief: Similar products

Protopic and Elidel (pimecrolimus) are both products that act like topical cortisone creams, without having any cortisone in them. Protopic is an ointment, which means it is clear like a Vaseline.
Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a cream, so it is white. An ointment might penetrate better. Protopic might sting for a few minutes after you apply it. This is normal. It is hare to say which one works better. Start with Protopic

In brief: Similar products

Protopic and Elidel (pimecrolimus) are both products that act like topical cortisone creams, without having any cortisone in them. Protopic is an ointment, which means it is clear like a Vaseline.
Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a cream, so it is white. An ointment might penetrate better. Protopic might sting for a few minutes after you apply it. This is normal. It is hare to say which one works better. Start with Protopic
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