Contains the active ingredient Tacrolimus, which is a type of medicine called a topical immunomodulator.
It's not fully understood how tacrolimus works in eczema, but it has been shown to suppress inflammatory reactions in the skin – this decreases skin inflammation in eczema.
Severe eczema is thought to be partly caused by immune cells in the skin over-reacting to a stimulus and causing inflammation. Applying tacrolimus to the eczema suppresses these reactions in the skin, and improvement of the eczema is generally seen within a week of starting treatment.
What is it used for?
Protopic ointment is used to help manage symptoms of moderate to severe eczema (atopic dermatitis).
It is used for the short-term relief of eczema flare-ups, and as intermittent treatment in the long-term management of eczema.
Protopic ointment is used when topical corticosteroids have not been effective or if corticosteroids are not suitable, for example in people who have experienced unacceptable side effects related to topical steroids.
Size : 10 g /tube
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