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- What is tacrolimus ointment, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for tacrolimus ointment?
- Is tacrolimus ointment available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for tacrolimus ointment?
- What are the side effects of tacrolimus ointment?
- What is the dosage for tacrolimus ointment?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with tacrolimus ointment?
- Is tacrolimus ointment safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about tacrolimus ointment?
What is tacrolimus ointment, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Tacrolimus ointment is a topical drug (a drug that is applied to the skin) that is used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease of skin in which the skin becomes inflamed, causing itchiness, redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling. The inflammation is caused by activation of the immune system though the reason for the activation is unknown. Tacrolimus ointment suppresses the immune system and the inflammation by inhibiting an enzyme (calcineurin) crucial for the multiplication of T-cells, cells that are required for activation of the immune system. Tacrolimus ointment was approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in December 2000.
What brand names are available for tacrolimus ointment?
Is tacrolimus ointment available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for tacrolimus ointment?
What are the side effects of tacrolimus ointment?
The most common side effects of tacrolimus ointment are skin reactions at the site of use, including:
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