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Tacrolimus topical is used on the skin to treat moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in patients who have received other medicines that have not worked well. Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition where there is itching, redness, and inflammation, much like an allergic reaction.
No. Tacrolimus topical ointment is not a steroid. It works in a completely different way to other treatments (i.e. topical steroids) but also reduces inflammation in the affected area(s) like steroids.
Tacrolimus ointment is not indicated for continuous long-term use. You should call your doctor if you have used tacrolimus ointment for 6 weeks and your symptoms have not improved, or if they have worsened at any period during that time. A different medication may be required.
Tacrolimus can be used on the face and folds, as well as any affected skin site. However, mucous membranes should be avoided. For acute skin flares, topical steroids may be a better first choice with tacrolimus ointment introduced as the condition improves.
It is important to keep up good skin care practices when dealing with eczema and dry skin. If you use moisturizers with tacrolimus ointment, then apply the moisturizers AFTER applying tacrolimus ointment.
Tacrolimus is considered a very strong medication. It can cause serious side effects such as kidney problems, and may also decrease the body’s ability to fight infections. While it can be used safely under supervision, you and your doctor should discuss the benefits of this medicine as well as the risk of using it.