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December 2004

Alcohol Intolerance and Facial Flushing in Patients Treated With Topical Tacrolimus

Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(12):1542-1544. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.12.1542-b

Local intolerance reactions are a common adverse effect of treatment with tacrolimus ointment. A burning sensation occurs in up to 50% of patients,1 but symptoms are usually ephemeral and disappear after a few applications. Alaiti et al2 were the first to differentiate facial flushing from the well-recognized burning reaction. The association of facial flushing with alcohol ingestion was later observed in 6% of 316 adult patients in an open study,3 and in a controlled trial, the phenomenon was recorded in 7% of adult patients treated with 0.1% tacrolimus ointment.1

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