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Protopic is a topical macrolide immunosuppressant. It works by decreasing cell activity in the body's immune system, which helps to slow down the growth of atopic dermatitis (eczema) on your skin.
Protopic Ointment is used short-term to treat moderate to severe eczema in adults and children at least two years old. It is not for use in people who have a weak immune system.
Protopic comes as an ointment to apply to the skin. It is usually applied twice a day to the affected area. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use Protopic ointment exactly as directed. To use the ointment, follow these steps:
Before taking Protopic Ointment, consider the following:
To make sure Protopic is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
The Protopic ointment may cause common side effects, including:
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
The Protopic ointment may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What is the purpose of Protopic Ointment?
Protopic Ointment is a prescription used on the skin to treat eczema. It's used in adults and children over two who don't have a weakened immune system.
Is Protopic Ointment safe to apply on the face?
Applying a small layer of Protopic Ointment to the face for a short time is possible.
How long can you use Protopic Ointment?
Protopic Ointment is not for long-term use. You should only use this medication for a maximum of 6 weeks. If you need to use it longer, your healthcare provider may recommend you take a break from the medication for a while.