- Basic Info
It is used on the skin or scalp to treat psoriasis.
What is this medicine?ANTHRALIN (AN thrah lin) is used on the skin or scalp to treat psoriasis.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- inflamed skin
- an unusual or allergic reaction to anthralin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast- feeding
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wear gloves to protect the hands and fingernails from staining during use. Do not allow this medicine to come in contact with the eyes. Do not use more often than directed.
For the skin: Apply just enough cream to cover the affected areas. Rub in gently. Avoid contact with unaffected skin. Wash hands after use. Leave the cream on the treated areas as long as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Clean the skin with soap and rinse.
For the scalp: If treating the scalp, shampoo and rinse hair with water and then apply this medicine to the affected areas. Avoid contact with unaffected skin. Leave on the treated areas as long as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Shampoo and rinse the hair well.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.