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Tacrolimus Ointment

Clinical Effects

In clinical studies, tacrolimus ointment improved symptoms of atopic dermatitis, such as itching. In these studies, 37 percent of people using this drug reported a significant improvement in their symptoms (defined as a greater than 90 percent improvement), compared with only 7 percent of people using an ointment with no active medication (a placebo ointment). Some people experienced symptom improvement within one week of beginning treatment.
 

When and How to Take It

Some general 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 of side effects.
     
  • Wash your hands before applying the ointment. If you are not treating your hands, wash them again afterward to help avoid getting the medicine in your eyes or 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 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 product for longer or more often than directed.
     

Tacrolimus Ointment Information

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