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Tacrolimus Ointment for Dermatitis

Available by prescription only, tacrolimus ointment (Protopic®) is used for the short-term treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in people who otherwise have normal immune systems. This medication is considered a "second-line" treatment -- this means it should only be used after other treatments have been tried and failed, or when other treatments are not an option.
When treating atopic dermatitis with tacrolimus ointment, a thin layer is applied to the affected areas twice a day. Wash your hands before and after treatment (unless you are treating your hands). This drug can be given to older adults and children; however, children typically use the lower-strength formula.
(To learn more about using this drug for atopic dermatitis, as well as for other conditions, click What Is Tacrolimus Ointment Used For?.)
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