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



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What is this medicine?

TACROLIMUS (ta KROE li mus) is used on the skin to treat eczema.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cold sores or shingles
  • decreased immune function
  • Netherton's syndrome
  • receiving any form of light therapy (phototherapy, UVA, or UVB) to your skin
  • skin infection
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tacrolimus, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. If treating a hand infection, wash hands before use only. Before applying this medicine, be sure your skin is completely dry. Apply a thin layer to the affected areas. Rub in gently and completely. Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after applying this medicine. This could wash off the ointment. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. You can wear normal clothing. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcoholic beverages or medicines containing high percentages of alcohol
  • calcium channel blockers like diltiazem, nifedipine, nimodipine, nisoldipine
  • certain medicines used to treat fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole, and fluconazole
  • cimetidine
  • erythromycin
  • vaccines

               
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