What condition does Pimecrolimus treat?
Pimecrolimus is a cream medication used for the treatment of skin conditions. It is a condition called eczema or atopic dermatitis. Eczema makes your skin itchy and red. It is long-lasting and tends to flare periodically. It is common in children but this may also occur at any age.
This cream is used in people who should not use or have not responded to other eczema medications. It is a type of medicine called skin-selective inflammatory cytokine inhibitor. This medication belongs to the class known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How does Pimecrolimus work?
Pimecrolimus works by blocking the creation of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These are made by white blood cells in the skin as part of the body’s immune reaction to irritation or allergy. It is also part of a cascade of events in the skin that results in the irritated area becoming inflamed, swollen, red, and itchy. As this medication stops the white blood cells in the skin from producing cytokines, it decreases inflammation in the skin.
How to use Pimecrolimus?
This medication is used on the skin only. Avoid getting it in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. Apply it exactly as it is directed by your doctor.
Wash your hands properly with soap and water before using the cream. Apply a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin. It is usually applied twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Rub the cream gently and completely. Wash your hands after using the medication, unless your hands are being treated. If your doctor recommended a moisturizer, apply it after the medication.
What are the side effects of Pimecrolimus?
- Upset stomach
- Muscle pain
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Skin bumps or warts on treated areas
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Tingling, soreness, stinging of treated skin
- Burning or warm feeling on treated areas
- Painful menstruation
What are the precautions in using Pimecrolimus?
- Do not apply the cream to infected areas or open wounds. Do not also cover the treated area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless it is directed by your doctor.
- Right after applying the medication, you should not bathe or swim.
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to this cream or you have any allergies.
- Talk to your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Ask your doctor about the safe use of alcohol during your treatment with this cream. Your face may become red or feel hot if you drink alcohol during your treatment.
- Avoid exposure to shingles, chickenpox, and other viruses. If you are exposed to one of these viruses while using this cream, call your doctor right away.
- You should know that good moisturizers and skincare may help relieve the dry skin caused by eczema. Talk to your doctor about the moisturizers you should use, and always apply them after applying this cream.