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Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus)

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    What is Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) prescribed for?

    Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) is used on the skin to treat a skin condition called eczema (atopic dermatitis). It's often recommended for patients who have not responded well to (or should not use) other eczema medications. This drug works by weakening the skin's defense (immune) system, thereby decreasing the allergic reaction and relieving the eczema. Tacrolimus belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs). It is not proven to be safe for children younger than 2 years of age.

    Protopic Ointment

    Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) Information

    Use of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus)

    Use this medicine only on affected areas of your skin. Don't get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do, rinse with lots of water. Don't use it on open wounds or infected areas.

    Read the medication guide and prescription label for important information before use.

    Don't cover it with plastic or waterproof bandages unless your doctor instructs you to. Wait after applying before bathing, showering, or swimming, so it doesn't wash away.

    Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medicine. Apply a thin layer on the affected skin as your doctor told you, usually twice a day. Gently rub it in.

    Wash your hands after, unless you're treating your hands. If your doctor suggests, use moisturizer after.

    Before using tacrolimus, read the guide your pharmacist gave you. If you're unsure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
    Follow your doctor's instructions. They might tell you to stop when your eczema is gone and start again if it comes back. Ask your doctor for more info.

    You may be more susceptible to heatstroke and sunburns during treatment. Avoid direct sunlight and wear protective clothing if you are outside in the sun.

    Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It may not be safe for an unborn child or breast feeding.

    If your skin doesn't improve after 6 weeks of using this medicine or if it gets worse, tell your doctor. Store at room temperature when not in use.

    Possible side effects of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus)

    Few known side effects of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) include:

    • Cough
    • Headache
    • Skin Burning
    • Itching Skin—in Children
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Skin Flushing in Areas of Ointment Application When Drinking Alcohol
    • Weakness
    • General Aches and Pains
    • Fever
    • Sneezing
    • higher risk of chicken pox

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

    Drug Interactions of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus)

    Few known Drug Interactions of Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) include:

    • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
    • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
    • Zofran (ondansetron)
    • Aspirin Low Strength (aspirin)
    • Lantus SoloStar (insulin glargine)
    • Iron Sulfate (ferrous sulfate)
    • Lasix (furosemide)
    • CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil)
    • Valcyte (valganciclovir)
    • Lipitor (atorvastatin)
    • Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol)
    • Aspir 81 (aspirin)
    • Zyrtec (cetirizine)
    • Eliquis (apixaban)
    • Lyrica (pregabalin)
    • Protonix (pantoprazole)
    • Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim)
    • MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol 3350)
    • Myfortic (mycophenolic acid)
    • Metoprolol Tartrate (metoprolol)
    • Nexium (esomeprazole)

    This is not a complete list of Drug Interactions and others may occur too. Consult your doctor for any medical advice about Drug Interactions.

    Protopic Ointment price in Canada

    Starting price of Protopic Ointment 0.03% Ointment cost in Canada
    - 30 grams - $129.14 USD ($4.30 per grams)
    - 60 grams - $231.00 USD ($3.85 per grams)
    - 90 grams - $309.74 USD ($3.44 per grams)

    Generic Tacrolimus Ointment price

    Starting price of Tacrolimus Ointment 0.03% Ointment
    - 10 grams - $25.18 USD ($2.52 per grams)
    - 30 grams - $35.69 USD ($1.19 per grams)
    - 60 grams - $64.01 USD ($1.07 per grams)
    - 90 grams - $92.42 USD ($1.03 per grams)

    Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) FAQs

    Can I use Protopic on my face or sensitive areas like the eyelids?

    Generally not recommended to use Protopic on your face or sensitive areas like the eyelids without consulting a healthcare professional first.

    Can Protopic be used in combination with other skin medications?

    Yes, Protopic can be used with some other skin medications. It's important to follow your doctor's advice because combining certain medications can have risks or side effects. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using Protopic with other skin treatments.

    Is Protopic available over the counter, or do I need a prescription?

    Protopic is typically available by prescription only. You will need a doctor's prescription to obtain it from a pharmacy.

    How soon will Protopic start relieving my symptoms?

    Protopic can start relieving symptoms within a few days to a few weeks of use. The exact time frame varies from person to person. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and be patient with the process. It may take some time for the medication to show its full effect.

    Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using Prescription Drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Protopic Ointment (Tacrolimus) online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.