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Generic: pimecrolimus topical
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It is used on the skin to treat eczema.
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Improvements to your skin may occur after the first few weeks of treatment. Even though your skin looks better, it is important to keep using the cream as instructed by your health care provider. If you do not notice an improvement in your condition within 6 weeks or if your condition gets worse, tell your health care professional.

Avoid sunlight, sun lamps, tanning beds and treatment with UVA or UVB light while using this medicine. If you need to be outdoors after applying the cream, wear loose fitting clothing that protects the treated area from the sun. Ask your health care provider what other type of sun protection you should use.

Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps. Unless otherwise instructed by your health care provider, do not apply another type of skin product on top of this medicine. However, you can wear normal clothing over the treated areas.

Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after applying this medicine. This could wash off the cream.

While you are using this medicine, drinking alcohol may cause the skin or face to become flushed or red and feel hot. Let your doctor or health care professional know if you notice such reactions.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • chickenpox infection
  • cold sores or shingles
  • extreme tiredness
  • hives
  • infection at site of application
  • skin bleeding or change in your skin's appearance (color, change in a mole or freckle, new growth)
  • swollen glands

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • irritation at the site or sites where you apply pimecrolimus including stinging, feeling of warmth or burning
  • runny nose

               
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