Thursday, November 3, 2016

SO! A comment came through that said "New medication from my dermatologist is tacrolimus ointment. Calms everything down and doesn't have any side effects. A lot of the drugs and creams actually make you itch worse." Thanks for sharing Charlene!



I asked my dermo about it and she said the (paraphrasing) following:

It's "street name" is Protopic, and it's a non-steroid cream so unlike Accutane dermatologists can offer it to people like us with little worry because the extended use of creams for us (as we are lifers with DWD) is okay without the nasty side effects of steroids (hair loss, weight gain/loss...)

I didn't pick any up because it's new and exciting which means = $ expensive $
And you need a prescription for it (why if it has little to no side effects and doesn't have steroids?!) 

It sounds like something I might be interested in a few years when the hype dies down and I hit my 40s. 

Here's what the internet says: 
This form of tacrolimus is used on the skin to treat a skin condition called eczema(atopic dermatitis) in patients who have not responded well to (or should not use) other eczema medications. Tacrolimus belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs).
And another write up from Rexall:
Tacrolimus belongs to the class of medications called immunosuppressants. This medication is used on a short-term or intermittent basis to treat atopic dermatitis (eczema). It is also used to prevent eczema flare-ups.This medication works on certain areas of the immune system that may be involved in developing this skin condition. It is used when standard treatments have not worked or if there is a reason they cannot be used.

SO! Charlene and anyone else willing to tell us about how their use of Protopic/Tacrolimus is going? Any reviews?

5 comments:

  1. I have tried so many different oitments and creams. Some help some that are supposed to help exacerbate the symptoms. What diet do you recommend?

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    1. totally got rid of dairy and it helped a lot. Soy kills me and I itch from head to toe. I talked to my Dermatologist and he said to go to an allergist and get screened for allergies to foods. I did, big long list-strawberries, melons, chocolate(which I knew-I go anaphylactic)... so avoiding the allergens has helped a lot.

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    2. Congrats Charlene on finding what works for you! It's hard for me to avoid allergens all the time but ya, I definitely see a big difference when I do. Also, just sugar in general, refined is worse but sugar is terrible for me and my skin.

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    3. I have been eating a lot of sugar lately and I am flaring, so I will try to cut that out. I love milk, I don't know how I will be able to avoid it.

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  2. Sugar is in SO MANY THINGS ugh. But the more I cut down the better my skin is. For milk I would start using it in things so it's not a hard swap: like use soy milk in making recipes instead of milk, that way its harder to really taste it at first. Then use it with stuff like in cereal. I can drink glasses of soy milk without batting an eyelash as I have been lactose intolerant for over 15 years now. But it took time.
    Helpful brands:
    -Ben and Jerry's has new dairy free ice "cream" like peanut butter cookie and I went to heaven the first time I had it!
    -So Good has soy, almond, and coconut milk. It varies on what I'm using it for but each are great in their own way (but almond milk is the WORST for coffee just saying)

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