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Eczema Creams Finally Merit Cancer Labeling
The FDA has announced that two prescription eczema creams will need to
bear "black box" warnings of possible cancer risks. The creams, Elidel
and Protopic, are now recommended for use only after other
prescription medications have failed.
There have been nearly 80 reported cases of cancer in patients treated
with the two drugs. Novartis Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures
Elidel, announced that it is still confident in the safety and
efficacy of Elidel.
In addition to the reported cancer cases, animal tests show an
increase in cancer risk associated with the drugs.
Los Angeles Times January 20, 2006
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
These two popular prescription skin screams for treating eczema were
linked to increased risks of certain cancers close to a year ago. It
certainly took the FDA long enough to finally get around to requiring
black box cancer warnings on both drugs.
Folks, given the risks, it is beyond ludicrous to use these creams in
the first place, especially when there are many safer dietary
solutions -- that treat real cause of the problem.
If you suffer from eczema please consider the following highly
* Stop eating all wheat products.
* Use gamma linolenic acid, one of the few good omega-6 fats, as a
* Make the switch from pasteurized milk to raw milk, especially if
you're a mother who is breastfeeding. If you are unable to locate raw
milk you would likely best be served by avoiding dairy completely to
determine if that is the cause of the eczema.
* Take a high quality fish or cod liver oil daily.
* Get plenty of healthy sun exposure every day possible on exposed
skin (see link below).
* Start a high quality probiotic
Astra2012 on 2006-02-07
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