Generic Name: coal-tar, Topical cream

Generic Name:

coal-tar, Topical cream

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Highlights for coal-tar

Topical cream
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COAL TAR (kohl tahr) is used on the skin to treat a number of skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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coal-tar Side Effects

Topical cream

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • irritation, swelling or redness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • staining of skin, nails, or clothing
  • stinging
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coal-tar May Interact with Other Medications

Topical cream

Interactions are not expected.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use coal-tar

Topical cream

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the label. Apply only to the affected areas as directed. Rub in gently and completely. Wash your hands well. 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 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
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 should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Last Updated: April 24, 2009

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