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What is Tacrolimus used for?
Tacrolimus is a topical immunosuppressive ointment used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (eczema). It is usually prescribed for individuals who have not responded to other medications. Tacrolimus relieves eczema symptoms such as redness and itching. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Tacrolimus?
The dosage of Tacrolimus prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Tacrolimus. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
Apply a thin layer of Tacrolimus onto the affected area twice daily. Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.
What if you miss a dose of Tacrolimus?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Tacrolimus medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Tacrolimus?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tacrolimus, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Tacrolimus?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tacrolimus.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tacrolimus, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Tacrolimus can interact with calcium channel blockers.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Tacrolimus?
Like other medicines, Tacrolimus can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tacrolimus are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tacrolimus cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tacrolimus develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Tacrolimus can cause side effects such as tingling, burning, stinging, or redness on treated skin, acne, headache, flushing, chills, and runny nose. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Tacrolimus.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tacrolimus?
Is it possible for me to apply Tacrolimus with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Tacrolimus?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tacrolimus?
How will Tacrolimus work in my body?
How should Tacrolimus be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Tacrolimus drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tacrolimus is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.