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What Is Tacrolimus Ointment Used For?

How Does It Work?

Atopic dermatitis is thought to occur when the immune system has an overactive response to some kind of trigger, leading to symptoms of eczema. Tacrolimus ointment is an "immunosuppressant" medication. It is believed to treat atopic dermatitis by reducing the activity of the immune system, which helps relieve the symptoms of the condition.

Can Children Use Tacrolimus Ointment?

The lower-strength version of tacrolimus ointment (0.03% ointment) is approved for use in children aged 2 to 15 years. The higher-strength version (0.1%) is only approved for use in adults and children aged 16 years and older. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using tacrolimus ointment in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Tacrolimus ointment has been studied in adults aged 65 and older. Based on these studies, the side effects of this drug are expected to be no different in older adults than in younger age groups.

Off-Label Tacrolimus Ointment Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for treating something other than moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. This is called an "off-label" use. Off-label tacrolimus ointment uses may include:

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