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Tacrolimus Topical

Information

Uses

Tacrolimus Topical is used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis
It is usually used only after topical corticosteroids or emollients have not worked for you.

How it works

Tacrolimus topical is an immunosuppressant that works by decreasing inflammation in the skin which causes redness and itching of the skin.

Common side effects

Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness), Skin infection

Available Medicine

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    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    5 variant(s)
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    Biocon
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  • ₹128 to ₹356
    Zydus Cadila
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    KLM Laboratories Pvt Ltd
    3 variant(s)
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    Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹128 to ₹299
    Kivi Labs Ltd
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    Ochoa Laboratories Ltd
    2 variant(s)
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    1 variant(s)
  • ₹121
    Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
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    2 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Wash your hands before applying Tacrolimus Topical. Apply a thin layer to the areas of skin affected by atopic dermatitis (eczema).
  • Make sure your skin affected by atopic dermatitis (eczema) is completely dry especially after bath or shower.
  • Limit sun exposure during treatment even when the medicine is not applied on the skin.
  • Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages or dressings. You can wear normal clothing.
  • Avoid getting Tacrolimus Topical in the eyes or mouth. If the Tacrolimus Topical gets on any of these areas, it should be thoroughly wiped off and/or rinsed off with water.
  • Stop Tacrolimus Topical when the signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) such as itching, rash, and redness go away or consult your doctor.
  • Not recommended to be used for more than 6 weeks and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in-between.
  • Can’t be used if your immune system is weak (for example, if you have cancer or are taking steroids for a long time).
  • Inform your doctor if you have any infection on your skin including chicken pox or herpes.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Many people see an improvement in their skin in as early as one week.
  • Not recommended in children aged below 2 years.

Frequently asked questions

Tacrolimus Topical

Q. Is tacrolimus a steroid?
Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressant drug. It is not a steroid drug
Q. Is tacrolimus nephrotoxic or cytotoxic?
Tacrolimus may cause destruction of certain types of cells (cytotoxic) and may impair kidney function (nephrotoxic). Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

Content on this page was last updated on 19 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)