Pimecrolimus (Elidel cream generic) is used to control the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis; a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). Pimecrolimus is only used to treat patients who cannot use other medications for eczema, or whose symptoms were not controlled by other medications. Pimecrolimus is in a class of medications called topical calcineurin inhibitors. It works by stopping the immune system from producing substances that may cause eczema. This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Q: What special dietary instructions should I follow?
A: Talk to your doctor about eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
Q: What should I do if I forget a dose?
A: Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra cream to make up for a missed dose.