Tacroz ointment is a medication used to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis) by reducing inflammation, redness, and swelling of the skin. It works by suppressing the activity of certain immune cells that cause these symptoms, thereby relieving itching and improving rashes. This ointment is for external use only, and should be applied 2-4 times daily on the affected area or as directed by a doctor. It should be applied slowly and evenly until fully absorbed, and should not be overused or covered with a bandage or plaster. If there is no improvement after two weeks of treatment or if the skin worsens, patients should inform their doctor.
Tacroz ointment is also used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients. It belongs to a group of medications called immunosuppressants, which weaken the immune response and reduce the chance of the body attacking the transplanted organ. Patients should continue taking the medication as prescribed by their doctor and should not stop taking it without their doctor’s advice.
Common side effects of Tacroz ointment include burning, irritation, itching, and redness at the application site, as well as diarrhea, increased glucose level in the blood, increased thirst, kidney damage, liver damage, nausea, and stomach pain. Most side effects do not require medical attention and disappear as the body adjusts to the medication.
Tacroz ointment contains Tacrolimus, which is an immunosuppressant that suppresses the over-reaction of immune cells in the skin to a stimulus. This reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. Tacroz ointment also suppresses T and B lymphocytes (cells in the immune system) that normally attack foreign invaders and defend the body against foreign cells and infection, thereby preventing organ rejection in transplanted patients and helping the body accept the new organ.
Patients should wash their hands before and after applying Tacroz ointment, avoid contact with eyes, nose, or mouth, and take it on an empty stomach or at least 1 hour before or 2-3 hours after a meal. It should not be broken, chewed, or crushed. Tacroz ointment should be stored in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. The generic brand of Tacroz ointment is Tacrolimus, and it is available in a 0.03% strength ointment form manufactured by Glenmark. It is commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis and is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless clearly needed.