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Tacrolimus Topical



Tacrolimus topical is used to treat atopic dermatitis (dry and itchy skin; also called eczema) of moderate to severe grade.

How it works

Tacrolimus topical belongs to a class of medications called as immunomodulating agents. It works by treating atopic dermatitis by blocking calcineurin, a chemical responsible for activation of the inflammation in skin causing redness and itching.

Common side effects

Pain, Tingling sensation, Increased sensitivity to light, Application site itching, Skin rash, Skin redness, Burning sensation


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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you are using tacrolimus for 12 months.
  • Tell your doctor if you have weakened immune system, skin tumor, swollen lymph nodes, infected lesions or any skin related other disorder.
  • Do not allow tacrolimus to come in contact with your eyes, mouth or other inner skin layer (mucous membranes). In case of accidental contact, wash immediately with cool water.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to tacrolimus or any of its ingredients.
  • Children < 16 must not use.

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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)