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Coal Tar Shampoo

Brand Name and Other Names: Neutrogena T/Gel Original, DHS Tar, Doak Tar, Ionil T Plus, PC-Tar, Pentrax, Polytar Shampoo, TeraGel, Zetar

Generic Name: Coal Tar Shampoo

Drug Class: Keratolytic Agents

What Is Coal Tar Shampoo Used For and How Does it Work?

Coal tar shampoo is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used for scalp psoriasis and seborrhea.

Coal tar shampoo is available under the following different brand names: Neutrogena T/Gel Original, DHS Tar, Doak Tar, Ionil T Plus, PC-Tar, Pentrax, Polytar Shampoo, TeraGel, and Zetar.

Dosages of Coal Tar Shampoo:

Shampoo

  • 1-5%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Scalp Psoriasis and Seborrhea

  • Apply to wet hair/scalp, lather for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly and repeat
  • Application frequency depends on severity (two times/week to once daily)

Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)

  • Age under 2 years: Safety and efficacy not established
  • 2 years and older: As adults; apply to wet hair/scalp, lather for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly and repeat
  • Application frequency depends on severity as directed by physician

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Coal Tar Shampoo?

Side effects of coal_tar_shampoo include:

  • Stinging/burning of scalp
  • Skin peeling
  • Coal tar may cause discoloration or staining

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Coal Tar Shampoo?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Coal Tar Shampoo has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.

Coal Tar Shampoo has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.

Coal Tar Shampoo has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.

Coal Tar Shampoo has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Coal Tar Shampoo?

Warnings

This medication contains coal tar shampoo. Do not take Neutrogena T/Gel Original, DHS Tar, Doak Tar, Ionil T Plus, PC-Tar, Pentrax, Polytar Shampoo, TeraGel, or Zetar if you are allergic to coal tar shampoo or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Impaired renal function
  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Coal Tar Shampoo?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Coal Tar Shampoo?"

Cautions

  • Topical use only
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Avoid inflamed or broken skin
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight (coal tar photosensitizing)
  • Keep away from fire/flame (coal tar is flammable)

Pregnancy and Lactation

Use coal tar shampoo during pregnancy with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done. The safety of coal tar shampoo during breastfeeding is unknown. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of their health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Reviewed on 1/14/2020
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/neutrogena-t-gel-original-dhs-tar-coal-tar-shampoo-999365
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