What is Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus cream) prescribed for?
Elidel is a topical calcineurin inhibitor used to treat mild to moderate symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis) on the skin. Elidel is an immunosuppressant that works by lowering your immune system to help control your skin's atopic dermatitis (eczema). There is no need to use Elidel cream for long periods of time, and if necessary, breaks can be taken between treatments. People with weakened immune systems should not use Elidel. It may make skin infections or viral infections more severe.
Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus cream) FAQs
How To Use Elidel Cream?
This medication should be used after washing your hands with soap and water. Apply the medication gently and completely to the skin. Apply the medication gently and completely to the affected areas of skin.
After using this product, wash your hands with soap and water unless you are being treated for your hands. After taking this medication, apply a moisturizer if your doctor recommends it.
The use of Elidel Cream is limited to the skin. Make sure your eyes and nose and mouth are free of this medication. Open wounds or infected areas should not be treated with this medication.
Plastic or waterproof bandages should not be applied to the treated area unless directed by a physician. This medication should not be taken right after bathing, showering, or swimming.
Advise your doctor and pharmacist if you are using tanning beds or light therapy. You may be more sensitive to sunlight.
If symptoms or signs of eczema return, restart your use of this medication as directed by your doctor. Detailed information can be obtained from your doctor.
This may not be safe to use when pregnant or nursing. Advise your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not safe to use for children younger than 2 years.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after six weeks or if they worsen.
Store at room temperature away from children or animals when not in use.
What are the possible side effects of Elidel Cream?
The most commonly reported side effects of Elidel Cream include:
- cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing)
- burning pain or tingling
- mild burning or warm feeling of treated skin
- acne or warts
- swollen glands
- body aches and flu symptoms
- upset stomach
- sore throat
- muscle pain
- feeling more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
- burning, stinging, tingling, or soreness of treated skin
- worsened skin symptoms
- swollen hair follicles
- severe burning of treated skin
- rash or skin lesions
- blistering or oozing
In addition to the list of side effects, some people may experience other symptoms. Consult your doctor if you notice any symptoms worrying you.
What are Drug Interactions of Elidel Cream?
Few known Drug Interactions of Elidel Cream are listed below:
- Singulair (Montelukast)
- Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
- Clobetasol Topical
- Triamcinolone Topical
- Flonase (Fluticasone Nasal)
- Zyrtec (Cetirizine)
- Folic Acid
A complete list of Elidel Cream Drug Interactions is not available on this page.
Consult your physician if you have any questions about this medicine's drug interactions.
How much is Elidel Cream cost in Canada?
Starting price of Elidel Cream 1% cost in Canada
- 30 g - $115.50 USD ($3.85 per g)
- 60 g - $219.44 USD ($3.66 per g)
- 90 g - $302.40 USD ($3.36 per g)