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Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Cream - Overview
Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is a medication used in the management of some people with signs and symptoms of eczema. Push Health can connect people who might need an Elidel cream prescription with medical providers who are able to prescribe pimecrolimus when appropriate and safe to do so.
What Is Elidel Used For?
Pimecrolimus cream, marketed under the name Elidel, belongs to a class of medications known as calcineurin inhibitors and specifically the immunosuppressant 33-epi-chloro-derivative of the macrolactam ascomycin. Elidel cream 1% is generally used as second-line therapy for treating mild to moderate cases of atopic dermatitis in some adults. The mechanism of action of pimecrolimus as it works for cases of dermatitis is not well understood but may have something to do with blocking inflammatory markers called cytokines (i.e. interleukin-2, interleukin-4, interleukin-10 and interferon gamma) and other mediators of the immune system.
Elidel Cream - Coupon and Cost
Generic Elidel cream is moderately expensive, costing just under $100 for one tube with 30 grams of pimecrolimus 1% cream. Elidel coupons can sometimes be found online and, at times, one may be able to get reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs related to a pimecrolimus cream prescription from one's insurance. Elidel 1% cream is a white-colored cream with each gram containing 10 mg or pimecrolimus. Elidel 1% cream is typically prescribed as a thin layer to be applied to affected areas twice daily. If no improvement occurs within a specified period of time (e.g. 6 weeks), most medical providers will determine that the use of pimecrolimus cream should be reevaluated. Pimecrolimus itself is found as a whitish crystalline powder that is insoluble in water. In the plasma, the majority of circulating pimecrolimus is bound to proteins. Most pimecrolimus in the body is excreted in the feces.
Can I Buy Elidel Online?
Elidel cream is a prescription medication in the United States. In other words, Elidel (pimecrolimus) OTC is not available from pharmacies as a consultation with a licensed medical provider is first required. As such, one cannot just buy Elidel online. Push Health can connect people who are interested in getting a pimecrolimus prescription with a licensed medical provider in their area who can prescribe Elidel cream when appropriate and safe to do so.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) - Side Effects
Elidel cream can cause side effects and concerns and questions should be directed to one's medical provider and pharmacist before use. Side effects associated with pimecrolimus cream use include respiratory tract infections, nasopharyngitis, skin infections, pyrexia and burning, itching, pain and redness at the application site. Elidel cream and alcohol should not be used together. People with a known hypersensitivity to Elidel or pimecrolimus should not use the medication.
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Last updated September 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.