Elidel

(pimecrolimus)

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Treats eczema.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about Elidel
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Prices and discounts
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$272.00

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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How it works

Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a topical calcineurin inhibitor. It works by blocking the inflammatory process so skin won’t react to irritants that make eczema worse.

Quick facts about Elidel
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Cream
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What to expect when you take Elidel (pimecrolimus) for Eczema

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Side effect rates for Elidel (pimecrolimus)

From 328 clinical trials of Elidel when taken for eczema (1%)
  • Application site burning
  • Common cold
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Application site reaction
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Flu
  • Cough
  • Common cold
  • Headache

Risks and Warnings for Elidel (pimecrolimus)

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  • There is rare chance that Elidel (pimecrolimus) can cause skin and lymphoma cancer. You can help prevent this by using Elidel (pimecrolimus) as directed, not more frequently or longer than prescribed by your doctor. Try to keep Elidel (pimecrolimus) only on the treatment areas and away from healthy skin.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect