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Astagraf Alternatives

(Tacrolimus)

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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These medications are comparable to Astagraf (Tacrolimus) or used for similar purposes.

Astagraf
(Tacrolimus)

Elidel
(Pimecrolimus)

Westcort
(Hydrocortisone Valerate)

Treats eczema. Astagraf (Tacrolimus) is effective at treating eczema if other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects aren’t well known. Your doctor will decide how long you should use it for.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Side effects
ProtopicElidelWestcort

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How it works
ProtopicElidelWestcort
Astagraf (Tacrolimus) is a topical calcineurin inhibitor. It works by blocking the inflammatory process, so your skin won’t react as much to irritants that make your eczema worse.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ProtopicElidelWestcort
Immunosuppressant
Calcineurin inhibitor
Prescription only
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Available as
ProtopicElidelWestcort
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
ProtopicElidelWestcort
  • Atopic dermatitis
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Risk factors for serious side effects
ProtopicElidelWestcort
    • Age 2 years or younger
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        Pregnancy category
        ProtopicElidelWestcort
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        • Doesn’t have alcohol in it, so it won’t dry your skin out.
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        Food
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        Kidneys and liver
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        Sex
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        Sleep
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        Weight
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        Upsides and benefits
        ProtopicElidelWestcort
        • Astagraf (Tacrolimus) is effective at treating eczema, if other options haven’t worked or shouldn’t be used.
        • Many people see an improvement in their skin in as early as one week.
        • Doesn’t have alcohol in it, so it won’t dry your skin out.
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        Downsides and risks
        ProtopicElidelWestcort
        • Not available in a generic form.
        • Can’t be used in children under ages 2 years old.
        • 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 to be used for a very long period of time. If you have to keep using Astagraf (Tacrolimus), your doctor will probably have you take breaks in-between.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ProtopicElidelWestcort
        • Apply only to the areas where you have eczema.
        • Use only as long as your doctor tells you to. Don’t use for a longer period of time.
        • May cause some burning, stinging, or itching at first, but this usually goes away as your skin gets used to the medicine.
        • When you apply Astagraf (Tacrolimus) on your skin, don’t cover that area with bandages or dressings.
        • Don’t apply to infected areas of your skin. Let your doctor know if you have an infection.
        • Don’t use sun lamps or tanning beds. Try to limit your time outside in the sun, but if you need to go out, use sun protection.
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