Patients who suffer from eczema, a skin condition that causes dry, itchy skin, may use pimecrolimus cream to control symptoms. This medication is usually prescribed only to patients who have not responded to other types of treatment for eczema. It works by inhibiting the immune system from producing substances that may contribute to eczema.
This medication may increase the risk of skin cancer or lymphoma. To minimize this risk, patients should only use this medication for as long as it is needed and then stop using it. If symptoms don’t disappear within six weeks of beginning the medication, patients should see their doctor and explore alternative medications. Patients should also avoid tanning beds and exposure to natural sunlight while on this medication to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Don’t use this medication on children younger than two years of age.