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Elidel is the brand version of Pimecrolimus, a nonsteroidal topical cream used to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis) by reducing inflammation. This medication's immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve redness, itchiness and swelling.
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About Elidel (Pimecrolimus)
How does it work?
This medicine treats eczema by reducing inflammation of your skin. By calming an overactive immune response, it relieves itching, redness and discomfort.
What does it treat?
This medicine is used to treat dry, itchy skin caused by eczema. It works by reducing inflammation in the body.
What forms does it come in?
This medicine is a topical cream that you apply directly to your skin. Use only the amount directed by your health provider.
Elidel vs. Pimecrolimus
Elidel is the brand version of Pimecrolimus, meaning they’re the same medication. Both help with eczema treatment by reducing the body’s inflammation response to improve itching and redness.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If an eczema prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Elidel 1% Topical Cream (30 gram tube) start at $124.57.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Elidel 1% Topical Cream (30 gram tube)*
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Elidel (Pimecrolimus) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Elidel (Pimecrolimus)?
- Relieves itching
- Clears skin
- Starts working within a week
- Safe for children
Who should not use this medication?
- People allergic to it
- People with compromised immunity
- People with a skin infection
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
If you have any of these conditions, speak with your medical provider before starting this medication.
How do I use this medication?
Put a thin layer of the cream on the affected areas and gently rub it in, usually twice a day. Follow your licensed provider’s application instructions carefully.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this treatment, apply it as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Don’t double the dose to make up for it.
What happens if I use too much?
Using too much may cause skin irritation or discomfort. For best results, use only the amount directed by your prescriber.
If you’ve taken too much, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Elidel (Pimecrolimus) online?
Yes! Just complete a Dr. B online consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your treatment and send an online prescription or refill to your pharmacy of choice if appropriate.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Not everyone will experience side effects when taking this medication. When they do happen, side effects are usually mild. Mild side effects include:
- Burning or stinging at the application site
- Runny nose
If you experience severe side effects like an allergic reaction or serious stomach pain—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.