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TAKING ELIDEL

When taking ELIDEL Cream it is important to:1


  • Use ELIDEL Cream exactly as prescribed.
  • Use ELIDEL Cream only on areas of your skin that have eczema.
  • Use ELIDEL Cream for short periods, and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between.
  • Stop ELIDEL Cream when the signs and symptoms of eczema, such as itching, rash, and redness go away, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Follow your doctor's advice if symptoms of eczema return after a treatment with ELIDEL Cream.
  • Call your doctor if:

    • your symptoms get worse with ELIDEL Cream
    • you get an infection on your skin
    • your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment. Sometimes other skin diseases can look like eczema.

To apply ELIDEL Cream:

Read and carefully follow the directions below.

  • Wash your hands before using ELIDEL Cream. If you apply ELIDEL Cream after a bath or shower, make sure your skin is dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of ELIDEL Cream only to the affected skin areas, two times each day, as directed by your doctor.
  • Use the smallest amount of ELIDEL Cream needed to control the signs and symptoms of eczema.
  • If you apply ELIDEL Cream to another person, or if you have eczema and are not treating your hands, it is important for you to wash your hands with soap and water after applying ELIDEL Cream. This should remove any cream left on your hands.
  • Do not bathe, shower or swim right after applying ELIDEL Cream. This could wash off the cream.

What should I avoid while using ELIDEL Cream?

  • You should not use sun lamps, tanning beds, or get treatment with ultraviolet light therapy during treatment with ELIDEL Cream.
  • Limit your time in the sun during treatment with ELIDEL Cream even when the medicine is not on your skin. If you need to be outdoors after applying ELIDEL Cream, wear loose-fitting clothing that protects the treated area from the sun. Ask your doctor what other types of protection from the sun you should use. It is not known how ELIDEL Cream may affect your skin with exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings or wraps. You can wear normal clothing.
  • ELIDEL Cream is for use on the skin only. Do not get ELIDEL Cream in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum (mucous membranes). If you get ELIDEL Cream in any of these areas, burning or irritation can happen. Wipe off any ELIDEL Cream from the affected area and then rinse the area well with cold water.
  • Do not swallow ELIDEL Cream. If you do, call your doctor.
  • Avoid using ELIDEL Cream on skin areas that have cancers or pre-cancers.
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INDICATION (What is ELIDEL Cream?)

ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) cream, 1% is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). ELIDEL Cream is for adults and children ages 2 years and older who do not have a weakened immune system. ELIDEL Cream is used on the skin for short periods, and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between. ELIDEL Cream is for use after other prescription medicines have not worked for you or if your doctor recommends that other prescription medicines should not be used.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION INCLUDING LONG-TERM SAFETY BOXED WARNING

What's the most important information I need to know about ELIDEL?

ELIDEL Cream may cause serious side effects. It is not known if ELIDEL Cream is safe to use for a long period of time. A very small number of people who have used ELIDEL Cream have gotten cancer (for example, skin cancer or lymphoma). But a link that ELIDEL Cream use caused these cancers has not been shown. Because of this concern: