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Anthralin Shampoo

It is used on the scalp to treat psoriasis.

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What is this medicine?

ANTHRALIN (AN thrah lin) is used on the 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:

-skin conditions or sensitivity
-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. Apply to wet scalp. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes then rinse well. A non-medicated shampoo or conditioner can be used after this medicine. Do not allow this medicine to come in contact with the eyes. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

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. If you experience excessive soreness or if the lesions spread, you may need to use the medicine less often or stop using the medicine and contact your doctor or health care professional.

This medicine may stain fabrics. This may be permanent so you should avoid getting this medicine on your clothes or linens. To prevent staining of the tub or shower, always rinse the tub or shower with lukewarm water after bathing and then use a cleanser to remove any shampoo from the surface of the tub or shower.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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
-soreness at the application site
-spreading of lesions
-severe skin irritation
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-discoloration of hair, nails, or skin
-mild skin irritation

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). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: May 21, 2012
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