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Tacrolimus Ointment for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis: Clinical and Pharmacologic Effects

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The topical immunomodulator tacrolimus ointment has been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in clinical trials involving over 16,000 patients. Clinical trial results focusing on tacrolimus' safety and efficacy are summarized. Minimal systemic absorption results from topical application in patients with atopic dermatitis. Although the exact mechanism of action of tacrolimus ointment in atopic dermatitis is unknown, tacrolimus is known to inhibit up-regulation of cytokine production following T cell activation and to decrease FcRI expression on dendritic antigen-presenting cells in skin. Additional mechanisms of action of tacrolimus relevant in the pathogenesis of inflammatory skin disorders are discussed.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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