What is Pimecrolimus used for?
Pimecrolimus is a topical cream used to treat mild-to-moderate eczema (atopic dermatitis). This medication is prescribed in people who have not responded well to other eczema medications. It belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take Pimecrolimus?
The dosage of Pimecrolimus prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Pimecrolimus. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
Apply a thin layer of Pimecrolimus cream onto the affected area of skin. Wash your hands after using the medicine.
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Pimecrolimus medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Pimecrolimus, seek medical attention immediately.
What are the drugs that interact with Pimecrolimus?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Pimecrolimus.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Pimecrolimus, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Pimecrolimus can interact with antifungal medications and heart medicines.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Pimecrolimus?
Like other medicines, Pimecrolimus can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Pimecrolimus are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Pimecrolimus cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Pimecrolimus develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Pimecrolimus can cause side effects such as :
- Stinging, or
- Irritation of the skin at the application site;
- Muscle pain
This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are applying Pimecrolimus.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Pimecrolimus?
Is it possible for me to apply Pimecrolimus with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Pimecrolimus?
What are the possible drug interactions of Pimecrolimus?
How will Pimecrolimus work in my body?
How should Pimecrolimus be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Pimecrolimus drug interactions and side effects?
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