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My husband has been using elidel cream skin (mostly

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My husband has been using elidel cream for itchy skin (mostly underarms) for many years. we are retired and the cost is very high on our budget. Is there something else that is generic and works about the same? When will elidel become generic? His dermatologist doesn't seem to want to bother with trying something else - "if it works don't mess with it" is his attitude but he's not the one paying the bill.
My husband is 75, has no health problems except alzheimer's so he's on aricept and namenda, no other meds, he doesn't use deodorant, and the itchy armpits started long before he was put on alzheimer meds.
Thank you for your help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

What is his doctor's diagnosis of his disease?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
atopic dermatitis
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Is his doctor a dermatologist?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Okay. He should tell his doctor he can't afford to buy Elidel cream. Instead of Elidel, you should use low-potency corticosteroid cream such as triamcinolone 0.025% (low-potency) which is $9 for one 80-gram tube.