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Tacrolimus is a medication prescribed to suppress the immune system and make it less active. The ointment form is used to treat moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis and make it less active. The capsules and intravenous injections are used to prevent organ rejection following a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. Side effects may include tremors, headaches, and kidney problems.
What Is Tacrolimus?Tacrolimus (Prograf®, Protopic®) is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs called immunosuppressants. It is available as an oral capsule, an intravenous (IV) solution, and an ointment.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, tacrolimus may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Kidney problems
- Skin reactions at the application site, such as redness, burning, and itching (with tacrolimus ointment)