What are FDA-approved prescription medications for eczema?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Topical steroids are the standard medication for treating eczema. Oral steroids are usually reserved for severe eczema flare-ups. There are also two non-steroidal drugs approved by the FDA for treating eczema. These medications, tacrolimus and pimecrolimus, belong to a class of drugs called topical immunomodulators, or TIMs, that address the underlying immune system causes of eczema. In some cases a doctor might also prescribe other types of medications to treat eczema, include topical or oral antibiotics, anesthetics, antihistamines, antifungals, and anti-inflammatory medications. 

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