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Learn about Protopic

What is Protopic?

Protopic is a different kind of topical prescription medication for treating your eczema. It's a type of medication known as TIMs, or topical immunomodulators, and is the only TIM available for treating moderate-severe eczema. Protopic is not a steroid, so it won't cause thinning of your skin or side effects caused by long-term steroid use.


One of the advantages of Protopic is that you can use it anywhere you have eczema, even on your face, neck, and hands, places where you can't use many prescription treatments. And you don't have to use additional medications along with Protopic to help it work better. For parents, another advantage of Protopic is that it's gentle enough for a 2 year old.


If you don't respond well to or have side effects with traditional treatments, your doctor may prescribe Protopic. It is 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.


You may experience some stinging, burning, or itching. For most people, these side effects are mild to moderate and usually short lasting. Your doctor may suggest various methods of minimizing these sensations. Continue to use Protopic because the stinging, burning, or itching will diminish. Most patients are no longer bothered by these sensations after the first few days.


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.