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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
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- Elidel Cream is used to treat mild to moderate atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. It should be used only for a short time. It is not for continuous long-term use.
- Elidel Cream should not be the first prescription treatment that you try to treat your atopic dermatitis. Use Elidel Cream only after other prescription treatments did not work or if other prescription treatments are not right for you.
- Elidel Cream is approved for adults and children 2 years and older with normal immune systems.
Side Effects of Elidel
- Possible risk of cancer: As noted in the Elidel Cream label and patient Medication Guide, although a link has not been made, rare cases of cancer (for example, skin and lymphoma) have been reported in patients who use Elidel Cream. The manufacturer is conducting studies to examine the risk of cancer. These studies may take many years to complete.
- Viral infections: Elidel Cream may increase the chance of getting chicken pox, shingles, skin warts, or other viral infections.
- Skin irritation: Elidel Cream’s most common side effect is a sensation of warmth or burning where you apply the cream. See your doctor if your reaction is severe, or you have it for more than 1 week.
- Other side effects may include headache, throat or nose redness and soreness, flu symptoms, fever, and cough.
Who Should Not Take Elidel
Do not use if:
- Your child with atopic dermatitis is younger than 2 years
- You have been told you have an immune system problem
- You have any infection on your skin including chicken pox or herpes
- You have Netherton’s Syndrome. This is a rare inherited condition where the skin is red, itchy, and covered with large coarse scales.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless directed by your doctor.
- You are allergic to Elidel Cream or any of its ingredients
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