Information about Pimecrolimus

Pimecrolimus Uses

Pimecrolimus is used for Atopic dermatitis.

How Pimecrolimus works

Pimecrolimus is an immunosuppressant. It works by suppressing your body’s immune response.

Common side effects of Pimecrolimus

Application site burning, Cough, Fever, Headache, Irritation, Itching, Erythema (skin redness), Hair follicle inflammation, Upper respiratory tract infection, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages)
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Available Medicine for Pimecrolimus

PacromaAjanta Pharma Ltd
699 to ₹14363 variant(s)
PiconEris Lifesciences Ltd
641 to ₹16013 variant(s)
ElidelMylan Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd - A Viatris Company
7901 variant(s)

Expert advice for Pimecrolimus

  • Pimecrolimus is effective at treating eczema (atopic dermatitis) when other treatment options have failed.
  • Apply thinly, to affected areas of skin only. Clean the affected area and dry well before applying Pimecrolimus. Avoid contact with water (shower, swimming) right after application.
  • Clean the area to be treated with water and a non-medicated soap, and let it dry completely before applying Pimecrolimus.
  • Inform your doctor if there's no improvement even after two weeks of treatment, or if the skin gets worse.
  • Don't cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages unless directed by a doctor, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
  • Stop using Pimecrolimus and consult your doctor if your eczema becomes infected.
  • Continuous long-term use of the ointment should be avoided. Use as prescribed by you doctor.

Frequently asked questions for Pimecrolimus


Q. What is Pimecrolimus used for?

Pimecrolimus is used for treating mild or moderate atopic dermatitis (eczema) of the skin, in cases where corticosteroids cannot be used.

Q. How does Pimecrolimus work?

Pimecrolimus works by decreasing the response of the body’s immune system that is responsible for causing swelling and redness associated with dermatitis. Therefore, it effectively relieves the symptoms.

Q. How to use Pimecrolimus?

Before using Pimecrolimus, wash the affected area with mild soap and water, rinse and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of Pimecrolimus to the affected skin. Gently and thoroughly massage it into the skin. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes or mouth. If Pimecrolimus gets in your eyes accidentally, wash with plenty of water and call your doctor if your eyes are irritated.

Q. Is Pimecrolimus a steroid?

No. Pimecrolimus is an immuno-suppressant. It is not a steroid.

Q. Is Pimecrolimus effective?

Yes, Pimecrolimus is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop using it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Pimecrolimus too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. Is Pimecrolimus available over the counter?

No, it is not an over the counter medicine. Pimecrolimus is a prescription medicine which means that it can be bought only with a valid prescription by a doctor.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Pimecrolimus?

If you forget to use Pimecrolimus, do not worry and continue using Pimecrolimus as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure and have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.


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