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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 the dosage for pimecrolimus?
Patients should completely rub in a thin layer of pimecrolimus to the affected areas twice daily. An improvement in symptoms can be seen within 8-15 days, and patients should contact their physician if there is no response after six weeks of use.
Which drugs or supplements interact with pimecrolimus?
Interactions between pimecrolimus and other drugs have not been studied. Since very little pimecrolimus is absorbed from the skin, drug interactions are not expected. However, since some pimecrolimus is absorbed, caution should be exercised when pimecrolimus is used by individuals also taking drugs (for exmaple, ketoconazole [Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric], itraconazole [Sporanox], erythromycin, fluconazole [Diflucan], calcium channel blockers [CCBs], cimetidine [Tagamet]) that inhibit the liver enzymes that eliminate pimecrolimus and could increase the levels of pimecrolimus and promote its toxicity.
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