IS ELIDEL CREAM?
Cream (pimecrolimus), a NEW prescription treatment for eczema, is
a steroid-FREE anti-inflammatory cream specifically developed to treat
atopic dermatitis commonly referred to as eczema. Elidel cream, manufactured
by Novartis, is part of the NEW class of topical medications called topical
immunomodulators, which is the newest breakthrough for the treatment of
eczema in 40 years. Elidel is proven in clinical studies to reduce
the incidence of eczema flares and to reduce itching within a week of use
in up to 70% of patients with less side effects than topical steroids.
FDA has approved Elidel cream for short-term and intermittent long-term
therapy for patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in non-immunocompromised
patients in whom the use of conventional therapies is inadvisable or not
DOES ELIDEL CREAM WORK?
the active agent of Elidel, is a natural substance produced by Streptomyces
that inhibits T-lymphocyte cell production of cytokines, which play a key
role in causing the inflammation, redness and itching associated with eczema.
Pimecrolimus is a skin-selective inflammatory cytokine inhibitor meaning
that Elidel cream works on the surface of the skin where it is needed.
DOES ELIDEL DIFFER FROM TOPICAL CORTICOSTEROIDS?
cream is the NEWEST nonsteroidal topical treatment for eczema and it is
safe and effective for intermittent LONG-TERM treatment of moderate to
severe atopic dermatitis in adults. Corticosteroid topical treatments can
not be used for longer than 2 consecutive weeks. Also unlike
corticosteroids, Elidel is safe for dermatologic use ANYWHERE on the body
including the face, neck, around the eyes, groin or in skin folds.
Topical corticosteroids can not be used on the face, groin or in skin folds.
Elidel is skin-selective and , unlike corticosteroids, targets ONLY
those cells that cause the inflammation, redness and itching associated
with eczema. In addition, unlike corticosteroids, Elidel demonstrates NO
cutaneous atrophy or adrenal suppression. Elidel cream is not associated
with the side effects associated with topical steroids such as skin thinning,
stretch marks and skin discoloration. ELIDEL offers a SAFE and EFFECTIVE
long term treatment option alternative to those suffering from moderate
to severe eczema.
15 million Americans suffer from the chronic, life-altering disease
of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, characterized by
painfully itchy, flaky, skin disorder. Eczema is a complex condition and
there is usually no one single cause for a person's eczema. External
Factors such as climate, contact with irritants, clothing fibers as well
as Internal Factors such as stress, diet and medications can affect eczema
outbreaks. Most people with eczema, atopic dermatitis, have family members
with similar problems or history of allergies, hay fever and asthma, about
20% have no family history. Eczema often presents itself in childhood
or young adults but can occur at any age, and about 50% of patients are
affected throughout life. Eczema is NOT contagious. Eczema typically
affects the inside of the elbows, back of knees and the face, but it can
cover most of the body. The severity of the conditions ranges from
a few dry red ITCHY patches to widespread involvement. The
itching may be so intense that patients often scratch until their skin
bleeds and crusts. When this happens the skin can get infected. DO
NOT USE ELIDEL CREAM IF YOUR ECZEMA LESIONS ARE INFLAMED, WEEPING OR INFECTED!
DO I KNOW IF ELIDEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
cream is a new kind of treatment that offers hope to non-immunocompromised
individuals suffering from mild to moderate eczema who did not respond
well to conventional therapy. Elidel is not a steroid or antihistamine
and it won't cause thinning of your skin or drowsiness. Elidel can
be used on any affected area of the body, including the face, eye area
(but not in the eye) and the neck. Elidel can be used for extended
period of time intermittently - starting and stopping treatment as necessary.
|WHEN & HOW OFTEN
DUE I USE ELIDEL CREAM?
cream is a simple and easy to use non-greasy, odor-free, quick absorbing
cream. Elidel should be applied twice a day at the first signs of redness
and symptoms of itching to help control flares of the disease and to prevent
the disease from progressing. A razor-thin layer is applied to the
affected areas twice a day about 12 hours apart for as long as symptoms
persist. When signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis have resolved,
one should discontinue therapy with Elidel. Emollients and moisturizer
can be applied immediately after using Elidel. Always apply any moisturizers
AFTER applying Elidel. Do not cover treated skin with occlusive dressings
or bandages. Wear loose clothing and avoid sun exposure.
ELIDEL BE SAFELY APPLIED TO THE EYELID AREA?
cream, unlike topical steroids, can be used safely on all parts of the
body including the face, neck, hands, groin and in skin fold areas. Avoid
getting cream directly in the eye. Elidel cream is for EXTERNAL use only!
LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR ELIDEL TO WORK?
cream can provide rapid relief of your condition. When using Elidel
cream you can start to notice dramatic improvement in about 1 - 3 weeks.
Elidel relieves the most bothersome symptom of eczema, itching, within
one week in 70% of patients. If signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis
do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment or the condition worsens at any
time during treatment, one must visit their own physician.
|DOES ELIDEL CURE
ECZEMA? HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO USE ELIDEL?
CANNOT be cured, but it can be controlled. Elidel cream can be used
for short term and intermittent long term use. Therefore, even though
your skin may start to heal and feel better within the first few weeks
of treatment. After resolutions of signs and symptoms Elidel cream
usage should be stopped. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can recur within
several weeks of stopping treatment. Since Elidel has been approved
for long term use and it is not a steroid, you can intermittently continue
to treat eczema outbreaks until they occur. Elidel cream treatment
should be initiated at the first signs of redness and symptoms of itching
to control flare ups. IF YOU NOTICE THAT YOUR ECZEMA GETS WORSE WITHIN
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF TREATMENT, STOP ELIDEL AND CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN
FOR A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION!
|CAN I CONTINUE TO
USE MOISTURIZERS WITH ELIDEL?
suffers most often have dry skin and important part of routine skin care
is moisturizing. Always apply any moisturizers AFTER you have applied
ELIDEL BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TOPICAL PRESCRIPTIONS?
cream should NOT be combined with any other topical skin products or topical
prescription medications. Do NOT use topical steroids in combination
with Elidel cream.
USING ELIDEL CAN I USE TANNING BEDS OR SUNBATHE?
using Elidel you must AVOID sunlight and sun lamps, tanning beds and treatment
with UVA or UVB light. If you need to be outdoors after applying
Elidel, wear loose fitting clothing that protects-the treated area from
the sun. In addition use sunscreens / sunblocks. Pimecrolimus,
the active ingredient in Elidel, has been shown to make the
"time to skin tumor formation" shorter in animal studies but NOT in humans.
|CAN ELIDEL BE USED
SAFELY WITH SUNSCREENS?
Studies have demonstrated that commercially available sunscreens do not
affect the chemical stability of Elidel cream. Of course, you need to avoid
sunlight as much as possible while using Elidel.
|HOW SHOULD I STORE
should be stored at room temperature. Do not freeze. Never
leave Elidel in the car in cold or hot weather Keep out of
reach of children.
ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS of ELIDEL ?
most common side effects of Elidel cream are temporary stinging or burning
sensation or a feeling of warmth at the application site. The burning feeling
is usually mild or moderate, occurring in the first 5 days of treatment,
and the burning usually clears up in a few days. See your doctor
if an application site reaction is severe or persists for more than one
side effects include headache, and with long-term intermittent use, nasopharyngitis
(common cold/stuffy nose), influenza, pharyngitis (sore throat), fever,
viral infection and cough. Some people may get herpes skin
infections ( like cold sores, chicken pox or shingles), warts or swollen
lymph nodes (glands).
may be associated with an increased risk of cutaneous infections, chicken
pox, shingles, herpes simplex virus infection, or eczema herpeticum. Also
Elidel may accentuate the adverse effects of ultraviolet light on
the skin. Therefore patients using Elidel cream should avoid sunlight,
sun lamps, tanning beds and treatment with UVA and UVB light.
If you have
any concerns or and side effects continue or become a problem, you
should see your doctor.
SHOULD NOT USE ELIDEL CREAM?
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS
Do NOT use
ELIDEL if you are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
Do NOT use
ELIDEL if you are breast feeding.
Do NOT take
ELIDEL if you are allergic or have hypersensitivity to the active ingredient
pimecrolimus or any of the inactive ingredients, if unsure check with your
pharmacist and/or physician.
Do NOT use
ELIDEL if your eczema lesions are inflamed, weeping or infected! People
with eczema are prone to infections, especially staph and herpes.
Increased redness, pus-filled bumps (pustules), weeping of lesions are
early signs of infections and you must NOT use ELIDEL Cream. If you
experience signs of infections DISCONTINUE use of ELIDEL and consult your
Dp NOT apply
ELIDEL cream to areas of active cutaneous viral infections such as herpetic
lesions, shingles, warts etc.
Do NOT use
ELIDEL if you suffer from Netherton's Syndrome.
cream is approved for pediatric use, you must be 18 years or older to qualify
for an online Elidel prescription.
Do NOT combine
with ultraviolet light treatment! Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, sun
lamps, UVA and UVB photolight treatments while using ELIDEL.
Do NOT combine
with other topical medications. Do NOT use other over-the-counter topical
medications or topical prescription medications with ELIDEL Cream.
is for EXTERNAL use only!
moisturize your skin as directed. Always apply moisturizer
AFTER applying Elidel cream.
use sunscreens and sunblocks. Wait until ELIDEL cream completely
absorbed into skin before applying.
will not prescribe Elidel cream to anyone under the age of 18. Also Elidel
cream should NOT be used by pregnant women, women attempting to become
pregnant or women who are breast feeding. Elidel cream is NOT to be used
on infected, weeping or oozing eczema lesions.