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Why is this medication prescribed?
Tacrolimus topical is used to treat the symptoms of eczema in patients who cannot use other topical medications for their condition or whose eczema has not responded to another medication.Tacrolimus is in a class of medications called immunosuppressants. It works by preventing the immune system's production of substances that cause eczema.
How should this medicine be used?
Tacrolimus topical comes as an ointment to apply to the skin. It is usually applied twice a day to the affected area. To help you remember to apply tacrolimus, use it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use tacrolimus exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Wash your hands before applying the medicine. If you have just taken a bath or a shower, be sure your skin is completely dry. Apply the ointment sparingly in a thin film and rub it in gently. Do not apply cosmetics or other skin preparations on the treated area without talking with your doctor. Do not wrap or bandage the treated area. If you are not treating eczema on your hands, wash your hands thoroughly after applying tacrolimus topical.
Continue to use tacrolimus topical for 1 week after your eczema clears up.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using tacrolimus topical,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Tacrolimus topical may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience either of them, call your doctor immediately:
Tacrolimus topical may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Do not use tacrolimus topical for a skin condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT