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Tacrolimus Topical Ointment (TACROLIMUS - TOPICAL)

For skin inflammation.

Brand Name(s): Protopic

Generic Name: Tacrolimus

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Apply the medicine to the affected area.

Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it in.

If you are using this medicine on the scalp or other hairy areas, move hair out of the way and apply as directly to the skin as possible.

Do not cover the area after applying the medicine.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

This medicine should only be used on the skin.

Do not use on animal bites, serious burns, deep wounds, or puncture wounds without your doctor's approval.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash the medicine off your fingers after applying it.

Gently rub the medicine into area until evenly spread.

Avoid prolonged or excessive sunlight exposure. Use sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 or higher.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

Wash your hands after using this medicine unless your hands are part of the area being treated.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after handling the medicine.

After applying medicine, try to keep the area dry.

Do not shower, bathe, or swim for at least 1 hour before or after applying the medicine.

Avoid long exposure to extreme weather such as wind, cold, or the sun.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all your medicines. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

Seek medical attention if you see any signs of a serious infection. These signs include pain, increasing redness or pus where this medicine is being used.

Some patients have serious side effects from this medicine. Ask your pharmacist to show you the information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss it with you.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • acne
  • burning or stinging
  • headaches
  • itching
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied
  • increased risk of sunburn

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • back pain
  • flu-like symptoms
  • joint or muscle pain
  • blistering or peeling of the skin
  • skin sores
  • unusual changes or growths on skin
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • warts

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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