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Pimecrolimus

Last updated on 21/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Pimecrolimus

CHINESE NAME: 匹美克莫司

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Elidel 膚樂得

DRUG CLASS: Immunosuppressants

SUB CLASS: Calcineurin inhibitors

USED FOR: Eczema

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 1% (cream)

What is Pimecrolimus for?

Pimecrolimus is an immunosuppressant which inhibits calcineurin so that the production of release of cytokenes will be suppressed as well. This lowers the activity of T-lymphocytes and hence the immune system. Pimecrolimus is used for the treatment of eczema.

How to use it?

Pimecrolimus can be administered topically as cream. Listed below are the indications and the dosages.

Mild to moderate atopic dermatitis
Child above 2 years of age, adult and elderly
Apply a thin layer to only the affected area twice daily until the symptoms resolve or after 6 weeks. By then, it has to be reevaluated.

What are the side effects of Pimecrolimus?

Common side effects of Pimecrolimus include influenza, headache, local burning, application site reaction, nasopharyngitis and cough.

Who should not take Pimecrolimus?

– People who are allergic to Pimecrolimus or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Apply only to the affected area.
– Do not occlude the applied area.
– Local burning is very common and it will improve after a few days.
– Discontinue after the symptoms have resolved.
– Wash hands before and after use.
– Moisturize may be applied after the use of the cream.

Common dosing schedule:
A thin layer of the cream is applied twice daily, for example, in the morning and after shower at night.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Pimecrolimus may interact with:
– Immunosuppressants, e.g. Tacrolimus, Mycophenolate, Sirolimus
– CYP3A4 inhibitors, e.g. Ritonavir, Diltiazem, Itraconazole

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Pimecrolimus in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Pimecrolimus is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Pimecrolimus in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.