Elidel is an immunosuppressant and works by decreasing the body"s immune system so that it can slow down the development of eczema on the skin. Elidel cream is also used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis when other medications used have not fully treated the condition. It can also be used for other purposes that are not listed in its medical guide.
Elidel is a prescription topical cream that is indicated for the treatment of certain skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) in patients who should not use or have failed to respond to other eczema medications such as topical steroids. Elidel is in a class of medicines called topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs).
Elidel works by changing the skin’s immune system to lower the allergic reaction that causes eczema. This drug should not be used by individuals with a history of a rare genetic disorder known as Netherton’s syndrome. Also, it should not be used by any person who has a weakened immune system.