There are two topical prescription eczema drugs that do not contain steroids. These are called topical calcineurin inhibitors or TCIs. Both are effective in treating the itch and rash of eczema. Neither causes certain side effects, such as thinning of the skin (atophy), or stretch marks (striae), spider veins or discoloration of the skins.
Elidel® is a steroid-free cream for patients aged 2 years and older who have mild-to-moderate eczema.
It is a steroid-free ointment for patients aged 2 years and older who have moderate-to-severe eczema. Protopic® is available in 2 strengths, 0.03% and 0.1%. Both strengths are approved for use in adults; only 0.03% for children aged 2 to 15 years.