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After many years using steroid creams for my LS my consultant has now put me on Pro Topic Cream which is non-steroid. Although at first it burned (apparently a common side effect) I have been really pleased with the results. My white patches have gone within a couple of months and all the itching has subsided. The great thing about this cream is the fact that it isn't a steroid and you can use as much or as often as you want.
Has anyone else had experience of using this cream?
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Ive had eczema since i was 4 and im 26 now and ive bin suffering with really bad red patches on my eyelids and top lip which were beginning to scar and get really sore, and i was told no to put steriod cream on my face so they put me on protopic ointment. I had the same side effect with this, it was really warm sensation but now has died off, and within a month and probably not even quarter of the tube my sores and redness have gone and if i start to get the itchyness i put some on which prevents any flare ups and dont have to worry about the thinning of skin as it isnt a steroid cream :D win win all round :D
"Tacrolimus is in a class of medications called topical calcineurin inhibitors. It works by stopping the immune system from producing substances that may cause eczema."
"TCIs are chemically unrelated to steroidal treatments now in use, and are the first steroid-free treatment for eczema in forty years."
I'm pasting in from the MedLine Plus page on tacrolimus:
"A small number of patients who used tacrolimus ointment or another similar medication developed skin cancer or lymphoma (cancer in a part of the immune system). There is not enough information available to tell whether tacrolimus ointment caused these patients to develop cancer. Studies of transplant patients and laboratory animals and an understanding of the way tacrolimus works suggest that there is a possibility that people who use tacrolimus ointment have a greater risk of developing cancer. More study is needed to understand this risk.
Follow these directions carefully to decrease the possible risk that you will develop cancer during your treatment with tacrolimus ointment:
Use tacrolimus ointment only when you have symptoms of eczema. Stop using tacrolimus ointment when your symptoms go away or when your doctor tells you that you should stop. Do not use tacrolimus ointment continuously for a long time.
Call your doctor if you have used tacrolimus ointment for 6 weeks and your eczema symptoms have not improved, or if your symptoms get worse at any time during your treatment. A different medication may be needed.
Call your doctor if your eczema symptoms come back after your treatment with tacrolimus ointment.
Apply tacrolimus ointment only to skin that is affected by eczema. Use the smallest amount of ointment that is needed to control your symptoms.
Do not use tacrolimus ointment to treat eczema in children who are younger than 2 years old. Do not use tacrolimus ointment 0.1% to treat eczema in children who are between 2 and 15 years old. Only tacrolimus ointment 0.03% may be used to treat children in this age group.
Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had cancer, especially skin cancer, or any condition that affects your immune system. Ask your doctor if you are not sure if a condition that you have has affected your immune system. Tacrolimus may not be right for you.
Protect your skin from real and artificial sunlight during your treatment with tacrolimus ointment. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds, and do not undergo ultraviolet light therapy. Stay out of the sunlight as much as possible during your treatment, even when the medication is not on your skin. If you need to be outside in the sun, wear loose fitting clothing to protect the treated skin, and ask your doctor about other ways to protect your skin from the sun."
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