Protopic 0.03% Ointment (Tacrolimus Monohydrate)
Basic Information On Protopic Ointment
Protopic Ointment is used in the treatment of moderate to severe eczema. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin disorder that involves itchy rashes which lead to sores, redness and scaling. It is recommended to patients who have not responded well to other eczema medications.
This medicine acts by diminishing the capacity of the skin’s immune system, which in turn reduces the allergic reaction and alleviates the eczema.
Protopic Ointment can be used for both adults and children over 2 years of age, however, the dosages for both of them would vary. Depending on the intensity of the condition, the effects of the treatment can be seen between the first week and third week.
Precautions / Side Effects
For Protopic Ointment The main chemical in the medication is called tacrolimus, which is a topical calcineurin inhibitor. Do not use brand or generic Protopic Ointment if you are allergic to its ingredients. This ointment is not to be used if you suffer from skin or other types of tumors, swollen lymph nodes, or if you are undergoing light therapy. If you are pregnant or suspect a pregnancy, discuss with your doctor before you start or continue this treatment.
This medication is not recommended while you are nursing an infant.
Some side effects associated with the use of tacrolimus include a scaling and itching sensation in the area of treated skin, headache, acne, an upset stomach, flu-like symptoms, or heightened sensitivity of the skin to stimuli like hot/cold/pain. Some serious and rare adverse reactions to the drug include pain in the joints and muscles, appearance of skin infections like chicken pox or shingles. In case of any of these, contact your doctor immediately.
Protopic Ointment Dosage Protopic Ointment is available in concentrations of 0.1% and 0.03%. Adults should apply a thin layer of the ointment (0.03% - 0.1%) to the affected skin, two times daily. If you buy this for children, it should be of 0.03% concentration. Stop the use of this medication when the eczema gets treated.