Atopic Dermatitis : A New Treatment Paradigm Using Pimecrolimus

March 2003 | Volume 2 | Issue 2 | Original Article | 131 | Copyright © March 2003

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD; James G. Bowerman, MD; Stuart M. Brown, MD; David Gerstein, MD; Kay S. Kane, MD; James Selevan, MD and Sat Virdee, MD

Atopic dermatitis (AD), often called eczema, is a disease characterized by intense pruritus, erythema, dry skin, and inflammation. Pimecrolimus is a novel steroid-free treatment for AD. Consistently positive results have been found with pimecrolimus treatment in infants, children/adolescents, and adults. Its safety record is excellent, and studies have found no clinically relevant drug-related systemic adverse events. In this article, we first review atopic dermatitis and conventional treatment strategies. We then discuss various aspects of pimecrolimus, including pharmacologic properties, toxicology, short- and long-term studies, and safety and adverse events. Finally, we propose a new steroid-sparing treatment strategy for AD.