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Pimecrolimus topical

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.





Pimecrolimus is used to treat certain skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), in people who have not responded well to, or who should not use other eczema medications (e.g., topical steroids). Atopic dermatitis is an allergic-type condition that causes red, irritated, and itchy skin.

How To Use

Wash your hands before and after using this medicine. Apply a thin layer of this medication onto the affected areas of skin usually twice daily; or as directed by your doctor. Rub the medication into the skin gently and completely. This medication is for use on the skin only. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. Use this medication exactly as directed. Your doctor may instruct you to stop using this medicine once your eczema has cleared up and to restart the medication if signs or symptoms reappear. Consult your doctor for details. If you do not notice any improvement in your condition after 6 weeks of using this medicine or if your condition worsens at any time, contact your doctor promptly. Do not apply this medication to open wounds or infected areas. Do not cover the treated area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Side Effects

Temporary mild skin burning/irritation or headache may occur within the first few days of treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: warts/sores or new growths on the skin, cough, fever. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: skin infections (e.g., herpes, chickenpox, warts), immune system problems (e.g., HIV, organ transplants), any allergies. This medication is not recommended for use if you have a history of Netherton's syndrome. This medication combined with skin exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (e.g., tanning beds) may increase your risk of serious side effects. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds. Do not swim, shower, or bathe right after applying this medication. If your doctor recommends a moisturizer, apply it after applying this medicine. Use of this medication is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other topical medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another skin problem unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze.