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What is Protopic Ointment?

Protopic Ointment is a prescription medication that is used to treat eczema. Protopic contains the macrolide immunosuppressant drug tacrolimus and works to slow down the growth of eczema by decreasing cell activity in the body’s immune system.

Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.

  • Wash your hands before applying this medication unless you are using it to treat your hands.
  • Apply a thin layer of Protopic Ointment to the affected skin area.
  • Stop using this medication after your symptoms have cleared. Speak to your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after six weeks of use.
  • Do not cover the affected area with a bandage.
  • Avoid swimming, showering, or bathing immediately after applying this medication.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist:

  • About your drug and other allergies.
  • If you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Your medical history particularly of skin cancer, skin infections, skin disorders, kidney disease, a weak immune system, or swelling, irritation, or redness on large areas of skin.
  • If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

You should also know:

  • This medication can affect your sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid sunlight, sunlamps, and tanning beds and wear protective clothing while outdoors. Do not apply sunscreen to the affected areas.
  • Protopic Ointment can weaken your immune system. Avoid people with infections such as chickenpox.
  • This medication passes into breast milk and can harm a nursing infant.

Side Effects of Protopic Ointment

Common side effects of Protopic Ointment include but are not limited to:

  • Flu symptoms including sneezing, stuffy nose, or sore throat.
  • Headaches.
  • Acne.
  • Increased sensitivity to temperatures.
  • Skin redness.
  • Mild stinging, itching, or burning where applied.

Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of tacrolimus:

  • Severe stinging, burning, soreness, or itching where applied.
  • Crusting or redness around hair follicles.
  • Swollen glands.
  • Signs of skin infection including itching, swelling, redness, or oozing.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling in your face, lips, or throat.

FAQs

What should I do if I miss a dose of Protopic Ointment?

If you miss a dose of Protopic Ointment, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip your missed dose.

What is the strength of Protopic Ointment?

Protopic Ointment is available in a strength of 0.03%. Generic Protopic Ointment is known as tacrolimus ointment and is available in a strength of 0.1%.

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