facts about eczema

Below you will find some treatments that are available.
Only you and your doctor can decide what treatment is right for you.

Prescription Treatments

Cortisone (steroid) creams — these creams are a first step of therapy and are helpful when applied directly to the affected area.3

Cortisone pills or shots — these have similar effects in terms of treating eczema and should be used as prescribed by your doctor.

As far as topical treatments (those applied directly to the skin), there is a group of medications known as topical calcineurin inhibitors, also known as TCIs for short. These medications work to inhibit the skin's inflammatory response. This inflammatory response is what leads to the redness and itching associated with eczema.3 ELIDEL is in this group of medicines. Your doctor will only prescribe ELIDEL if other prescription treatments haven't worked for you, or they are not appropriate for you.

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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.


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: