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Tacrolimus Ointment Dosage

Regardless of the strength being used, everyone uses the same dose of tacrolimus ointment and applies a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin twice a day. Wash your hands before and after applying the medicine, and avoid prolonged sun exposure (including tanning beds) during treatment. This will reduce your risk of potentially serious problems.

An Introduction to Dosing With Tacrolimus Ointment

The dose of tacrolimus ointment (Protopic®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Only the lower strength is approved for use in children.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Tacrolimus Ointment Dosage Guidelines

The usual recommended dose for treating symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a thin layer of ointment applied to the affected area(s) of the skin twice daily. Symptoms such as itching and redness should improve within six weeks of beginning treatment.
 
Because it is associated with potentially serious side effects such as skin cancer and lymphoma, tacrolimus ointment should only be used on areas of the skin that have eczema and only for a short period. Your healthcare provider may recommend you use the ointment again, if necessary, after a period of nonuse.
 

General Information on Using Tacrolimus Ointment

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with tacrolimus ointment include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of an ointment. It is applied to the affected area of the skin twice a day.
     
  • Gently rub a thin layer of ointment completely into your skin. Use only a small amount of medicine each time. Applying more will not make tacrolimus ointment work better or faster, and may increase your risk for side effects.
     
  • Wash your hands before applying a tacrolimus ointment dosage. If you are not treating your hands, wash them again afterward to help avoid getting the medicine in your eyes, mouth, or on nonaffected areas of skin.
     
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim immediately after applying the ointment. Doing so could wash off the medicine. Also, do not cover the affected area of skin with bandages or other dressings.
     
  • Stop using tacrolimus ointment when your symptoms clear, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
     
  • Avoid tanning beds and prolonged sun exposure while using the medicine. If you do go out in the sun, cover the affected area with loose-fitting clothing.
     
  • If you are using a moisturizer with this medicine, apply the moisturizer after applying a dose of tacrolimus ointment. Your healthcare provider can help you choose the best moisturizer for your skin type.
     
  • Contact your healthcare provider if your symptoms do not improve within six weeks of starting tacrolimus ointment. You may have a condition other than eczema.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Do not use this medicine for longer or more often than directed.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your tacrolimus ointment dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
     

Tacrolimus Ointment Information

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