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Cyclosporine for Atopic Dermatitis - Topic Overview

Cyclosporine (such as Neoral) suppresses the immune system (immunosuppressant) and is used to treat severe cases of adult atopic dermatitis that haven't responded to other treatments. By blocking the body's inflammation process, this oral medicine can effectively control atopic dermatitis itch and rash.

Short-term treatment with cyclosporine works well in both adults and children. Cyclosporine can cause serious side effects, such as high blood pressure and kidney problems. So your doctor will monitor your treatment closely.

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Almost always, your skin will itch before a rash appears in eczema.  Typically, eczema shows itself as: Patches of chronically itchy, dry, thickened skin, usually on the hands, neck, face, and legs (but it can occur anywhere). In children, the inner creases of the knees and elbows are often involved. If scratched, dry patches of skin and open sores with crusts may develop and may get infected.

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As soon as a person quits taking this medicine, the skin problem often comes back.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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