Prescription Elidel cream Drug InformationBEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE: LONG-TERM SAFETY OF USING THIS MEDICINE IS UNKNOWN. ALTHOUGH A CAUSE-EFFECT RELATIONSHIP HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED, THERE HAVE BEEN RARE CASES OF CANCEROUS GROWTHS REPORTED WITH THE USE OF THIS MEDICINE. THEREFORE, ONLY APPLY THIS MEDICINE TO THE AFFECTED AREA. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE FOR CONTINUOUS LONG-TERM USE. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IN CHILDREN LESS THAN 2 YEARS OF AGE. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking macrolide (such as erythromycin), certain antifungal medicine (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, and fluconazole) , calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem and felodipine), oral corticosteroids (such as prednisone), topical corticosteroid creams or ointments (such as triamcinolone or hydrocortisone), or cimetidine.
DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including any viral infections (such as mononucleosis, herpes simplex, shingles, or chickenpox), skin infections (such as eczema herpeticum), asthma, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have immune system problems or a skin disorder known as Netherton's Syndrome. Use of this medicine in children under 2 years old is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine. HOW TO USE THIS MEDICINE: Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a medication guide. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. TO USE THIS MEDICINE: Wash your hands and the affected areas before applying this medicine. Completely dry the affected areas. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
DO NOT BANDAGE OR WRAP the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Wash your hands immediately after using this medicine, unless your hands are part of the treated area. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Use this medicine regularly to receive the most benefit from it. Using this medicine at the same times each day will help you to remember. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. IT MAY TAKE 2 TO 3 WEEKS for this medicine to work. Do not stop using this medicine without checking with your doctor. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or use this medicine for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. DONOT apply this medicine to open wounds or infected areas. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. AVOID EXPOSURE TO THE SUN, SUNLAMPS, OR TANNING BOOTHS while you are using this medicine. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period. this medicine may lower your resistance to infection. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people with colds or other infections. Do not touch your eyes or the inside of your nose unless you have thoroughly washed your hands first. AVOID GETTING THIS MEDICINE IN YOOR EYES or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you do get the medicine on any of these areas, rinse well with water.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any ointments, creams, or lotions. If your doctor recommends a moisturizer, apply it after applying this medicine. CAUTION IS advised when using THIS medicine IN children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while using this medicine.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: SIDE EFFECTS, that may occur while taking this medicine include burning, itching, redness, or irritation at the application site; ear pain; vomiting; diarrhea; and headache. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience swelling or tenderness of the glands in your neck or under your arms, sore throat, fever, cough, nasal congestion, stomach pain, warts, cold sores, painful areas or blisters on your skin, or painful menstrual periods. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include severe rash or hives, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. The information in this monograph is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This information is generalized and is not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the medicines you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.
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