Protopic Ointment

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    Brand Name:Protopic Ointment
    Generic:Tacrolimus
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2000-12-08 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Astellas Pharma Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Topical Ointment
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2006/050777s012lbl.pdf

About Protopic Ointment

  • Protopic Ointment is used to treat moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. It should be used only for a short time. It is not for continuous long-term use.
  • Protopic Ointment should not be the first prescription treatment that you try to treat your atopic dermatitis. Use Protopic Ointment only after other prescription treatments did not work or if other prescription treatments are not right for you.
  • Protopic Ointment is approved for adults and children 2 years and older with normal immune systems.
  • Protopic Ointment is available in two strengths, 0.03% and 0.1%.
    • Adults can use both strengths of Protopic Ointment.
    • In children 2 to 15 years old, only the 0.03% strength of Protopic Ointment is approved for use.

Side Effects of Protopic Ointment

  • Possible risk of cancer: As noted in the Protopic Ointment 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 Protopic Ointment. The manufacturer is conducting studies to examine the risk of cancer. These studies may take many years to complete.
  • Viral infections: Protopic Ointment may increase the chance of getting chicken pox, shingles, skin warts, or other viral infections.
  • Skin irritation: Protopic Ointment’s most common side effects are stinging, soreness, a burning feeling, or itching of the skin where you apply the ointment. See your doctor if these side effects continue or become a problem.
  • Other side effects may include headache, skin redness, and flu-like symptoms.

Who Should Not Take Protopic Ointment

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 Protopic Ointment or any of its ingredients
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Recent Forum Posts on Protopic Ointment

Protopic ointment usage for skin conditions

My son has molescum contagiousum and the doctor proscribed Protopic ointment. I have read that one of the side affects of this ointment is molescum contagiousum...no where do I find anything on this ointment usage for this viral infection. Can someone shed some light on this?


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