Compare Elidel vs. Westcort

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats eczema.

Elidel (pimecrolimus) is good for treating eczema if other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects on the body are not well-known.

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Upsides
  • Elidel (pimecrolimus) is more tolerable than similar alternatives.
  • Elidel (pimecrolimus) is stronger than some steroids, making it a good option if steroids have not worked for you.
  • Most people start to feel better within 2 weeks of starting Elidel (pimecrolimus).
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Downsides
  • Elidel (pimecrolimus) is not a first-line option for eczema due to the risk of cancer.
  • Elidel (pimecrolimus) can't be used if your immune system is weak (for example, if you have cancer or are taking steroids for a long time).
  • Not recommended for long-term use. If you have to keep using Elidel (pimecrolimus), your doctor will probably have you take breaks in between.
  • May raise the risk of catching contagious illnesses like the common cold and seasonal flu.
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Used for
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Dosage forms
  • Cream
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Side effects
40possible side effects
  • Application site burning
    26%
  • Common cold
    20%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    19%
  • Application site reaction
    15%
  • Fever
    12%
  • Headache
    11%
  • Flu
    10%
  • Cough
    9%
  • Skin infection
    6%
  • Infection of hair follicles
    6%
  • Application site irritation
    6%
  • Application site itching
    6%
  • Ear infection
    6%
  • Sore throat
    5%
  • Allergies
    5%
  • Herpes infection
    4%
  • School sores
    4%
  • Asthma
    4%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Pink eye
    3%
  • Middle ear infection
    3%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Strep throat
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    3%
  • Bacterial infection
    2%
  • Inflammation of the airways
    2%
  • Stomach flu
    2%
  • Flu-like illness
    2%
  • Application site redness
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Acne
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Joint pain
    2%
  • Pneumonia
    2%
  • Bacterial skin infection
    2%
  • Nose congestion
    2%
  • Menstrual cramps
    2%
  • Skin cuts
    2%
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The Westcort (Hydrocortisone Valerate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Cancer
  • Not for young children
  • Not for long-term use
  • Infection
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sun exposure
    • Sun exposure
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