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Generic: coal tar topical
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It is used on the scalp to treat dandruff and other conditions including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
               



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What is this medicine?

COAL TAR (kohl tahr) is used on the scalp to treat dandruff and other conditions including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.

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, damaged or broken skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to coal tar, 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. Follow the directions on the label. Wet hair. Massage shampoo into scalp. Lather and leave on hair and scalp for several minutes. Rinse and repeat. Wash hands well after use. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be used on children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine can stain your skin, nails, hair, or clothing. The color should wash out of your skin, nails and hair a few days after you stop using it. Clothing may be permanently stained.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Unless directed by your doctor or health care professional, avoid exposure to the sun for at least 24 to 72 hours after applying this medicine. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

Do not apply this medicine to inflamed, broken, burned, or infected skin.

Do not get the shampoo in your eyes. If you do, rinse off with plenty of cool tap water.

               
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