Protopic Eczema Topical OintmentProtopic
is the prescription brand for the chemical tacrolimus, a topical cream manufactured by Astellas Pharmaceuticas and approved by the FDA
for use in 2000. Protopic is indicated for the treatment of eczema. In January of 2006 the FDA approved a new black box warning to advise of the serious risk of cancer posed by continued use of Protopic over a sustained period of time.
It should only be used as a last resort in treating eczema, as the ointment has been tested and shown to be linked to certain types of lymphatic cancers
. Protopic cream suppresses the immune system, and this is potentially the reason for its cancer-causing agency. The drug is a nonsteroidal topical cream, and although causation has not been established between the topical cream and cancer, there is a correlation between the two.
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