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- What is pimecrolimus, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for pimecrolimus?
- Is pimecrolimus available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for pimecrolimus?
- What are the side effects of pimecrolimus?
- What is the dosage for pimecrolimus?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with pimecrolimus?
- Is pimecrolimus safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about pimecrolimus?
What is pimecrolimus, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Pimecrolimus is a chemical that is used to treat atopic dermatitis (eczema). Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, itching, scaling, and inflammation of the skin. The cause of atopic dermatitis is not known; however, scientists believe that it may be due to activation of the immune system by various environmental or emotional triggers. Scientists do not know exactly how pimecrolimus reduces the manifestations of atopic dermatitis, but pimecrolimus reduces the action of T-cells and mast cells which are part of the immune system and contribute to responses of the immune system. Pimecrolimus prevents the activation of T-cells by blocking the effects of chemicals (cytokines) released by the body that stimulate T-cells. Pimecrolimus also reduces the ability of mast cells to release chemicals that promote inflammation. Pimecrolimus was approved by the FDA in December 2001.
What brand names are available for pimecrolimus?
Is pimecrolimus available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for pimecrolimus?
What are the side effects of pimecrolimus?
The most common side effects of pimecrolimus are:
- reactions at the site of application,
- itching, and
Other important side effects include:
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