Protopic, a different kind of eczema medication, is a topical immunomodulator (TIM). It has been proven safe and effective in clinical studies involving more than 6000 children. Protopic may be used every day for short or repeated periods. Since Protopic is steroid-free, it can be used safely on any part of your child’s body, including the face, neck, and hands.
Protopic has several benefits for the parent or caregiver of a child with eczema:
- Proven to provide rapid results, often within the first week of treatment.
- No additional medications are needed to see results.
- Gentle enough even for a 2 year old.
- Steroid-free, so it won’t cause many of the common side effects seen with long-term steroid use, such as thinning of the skin, changes in skin color, and stretchmarks.
- Ointment-based treatment—77% of dermatologists prefer ointments to creams or gels for moderate-to-severe eczema1.
Skin affected by moderate-to-severe eczema can be very sensitive. Children may experience a burning or stinging sensation during the first few days of using Protopic. For most children, these side effects are mild to moderate, usually short lasting, and disappear after the first few days of treatment.
If your child has eczema, ask your pediatrician about Protopic. You may want to ask him or her to recommend a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in skin diseases.
1. Cutis® Omnibus Study, Summit Research Group. May 2002
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Protopic prescription ointment is used for short or repeated treatments for people who don’t respond well to or who may have side effects with traditional treatments. It’s approved for adults in concentrations of 0.1% and 0.03% and for children, aged 2 to 15 years, in the 0.03% concentration only. Although individual results may vary, many people see improvement after the first few weeks of treatment.
The most common side effects are stinging and burning. The worse your eczema is, the more likely you may have stinging and burning. Protopic may be associated with an increased risk of certain skin infections. When using Protopic, avoid direct sunlight, tanning salons, and phototherapy, and don’t cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps. Only your doctor can weigh the risks and benefits and decide if Protopic is right for you.