Coal Tar

Description

Coal Tar is a topical medicine used for the treatment of various skin disorders such as psoriasis, dryness, flaking, scaly skin, itching, etc.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Coal Tar

  • Allergy
  • Eye irritation
  • Hair loss
  • Itching and skin rash
  • Burning or stinging sensation at application site

Uses of Coal Tar

What is it prescribed for?

  • Psoriasis
  • Dandruff
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Eczema
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken such that the infant does not come into contact with the medicine; also, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to coal tar or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Infected Skin Lesions

This medicine is not recommended for use on infected skin lesions since it may worsen the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken such that the infant does not come into contact with the medicine; also, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.
General warnings

External use

This medicine is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the mouth, eyes, rectal and genital regions, cuts and grazes, wounds, etc.

Use in children

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients less than 12 years of age and only under the supervision of your doctor.

Missed Dose

Use/apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is meant for external use only. If the medicine is swallowed, seek immediate medical help. Follow all dosing instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not use this medicine for durations shorter or longer than recommended by your doctor. Report any severe undesired side effects or a lack of improvement to the doctor immediately.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine normalizes the process of cell growth in the skin. It softens the outer layer of the skin as well as any scales on the skin. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria. All these effects help in relieving the symptoms of skin disorders.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous topical agents

Schedule

OTC

[Internet]. Psoriasis-association.org.uk. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/media/InformationSheets/Coal_Tar.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/25/smpc#CLINICAL_PRECAUTIONS

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Information on this page was last updated on 9 Aug 2018

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