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Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Calcineurin inhibitor Elidel, Protopic Adult, Children

Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors - Dosage and How to Use

How should Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors be used?

  •  1. Wash your skin with cleanser, rinse and pat dry

    2. Wash your hands before applying

    3. Apply your moisturiser after washing and drying the skin.

    4. Apply enough medication on the affected areas according to your doctor's instructions
    • For Tacrolimus: Apply the medication 2 hours after applying the moisturiser
    • For Pimecrolimus: Apply the medication after applying the moisturiser

           5. Wash your hands after applying the medication

  • Avoid applying the medication too near your eyes, mouth and nose (unless specifically instructed) as it may cause irritation
  • Flush the area thoroughly with water if the medication accidentally gets into your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Do not cover the treated skin with bandages, dressings or wraps. You can wear normal clothing.
  • If you feel that the medication is not working well, do not apply more than instructed. Check with your doctor.    

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forgot to apply a dose of this medication, apply it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is almost time for the next dose. Apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors - Additional Information

​The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

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