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Learn about Protopic

How to apply Protopic?

Follow your doctor's instructions and remember to continue using Protopic until your doctor tells you to stop. The following guidelines will help you get the most out of your Protopic treatment.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly before applying Protopic.
  • If you have just bathed, first apply the moisturizer your doctor has recommended while your skin is still damp.
  • Be sure your skin is completely dry before applying Protopic.
  • Apply a thin layer of Protopic to all areas of your body that your doctor has diagnosed as having eczema.
  • Protopic should be applied twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.
  • Allow your medication to absorb into your skin. Don't swim or bathe immediately after applying Protopic.
  • If your hands are not being treated, wash them with soap and water after applying Protopic.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to protect the treated area from the sun.
  • Do not cover treated areas with bandages, dressings, or wraps.


How to apply Protopic to a child?



When giving any medicine to a child, a little creativity goes a long way. Begin by creating a relaxing atmosphere to minimize stress, especially during the first few days of treatment. And remind your child that Protopic can help give the Eczema Beast a time-out.



  • Explain that the doctor has prescribed a new medication to help the eczema get better.
  • Have your child sing a favorite song, recite a nursery rhyme, watch a video, or listen to music while you're applying Protopic.
  • Reassure your child that any uncomfortable sensations will only last a few moments.
  • For older children, supervise their application the first few days and help them with hard-to-reach areas.
  • As treatment continues, have your child show you where the eczema is getting better.
  • If you do not notice an improvement in your eczema or if your eczema gets worse within the first few weeks of treatment, tell your doctor.

Important Information


The product information provided on is intended for residents of Central America and the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Virgin Islands).


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.