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Pimecrolimus (pim e KROE li mus)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Elidel

Brand Names: Canada

Elidel

Warning

  • Long-term safety of this drug is not known. Lymphoma, skin cancer, and other types of cancer have happened in people treated with this drug. Do not use this drug without a break for a long time unless told to do so by your doctor. Use only on skin that has eczema. This drug is not for use in children younger than 2 years of age.
  • Sometimes drugs are not safe when your child takes them with other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about all the drugs your child takes.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat skin irritation.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child is younger than 2 years of age.
  • Not if your child has an allergy to pimecrolimus or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has a skin infection.
  • Not if your child is taking any drugs that suppress the immune system. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has a skin disease called Netherton’s syndrome, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has a weak immune system, gets infections easy, or is on antibiotics, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Your child may need to have skin checks while taking this drug. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • If your child drinks grapefruit juice or eats grapefruit often, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Your child may get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and dress your child in clothing and eyewear that protects him/her from the sun.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has swollen glands.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets warts.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • A skin lump or growth.
  • Change in color or size of a mole.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Short-term pain after use. This most often gets better within 5 days.
  • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating. Mild pain drugs may help.
  • Your child may have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Headache.
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Mouth irritation or sores. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.
  • Stop this drug when health problem is gone.
  • Restart this drug if signs show up again.
  • If your child’s signs do not get better after 6 weeks of care, talk with your child’s doctor.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child’s drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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