Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Zithranol Shampoo (1% anthralin) is a topical anti-psoriatic medication indicated for the treatment of scalp psoriasis in subjects 12 years of age and older. Common side effects of Zithranol Shampoo include temporary irritation, or staining of the hair or skin. Zithranol Shampoo may also stain fabrics.
Zithranol Shampoo should be applied onto wet scalp 3 to 4 times per week (or as directed by the physician). Lather and leave on scalp for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Zithranol Shampoo may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Zithranol Shampoo should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if it could affect a fetus. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Zithranol Shampoo (1% anthralin) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Very few instances of contact allergic reactions to anthralin have been reported. Transient primary irritation and staining of hair or skin may occur. The temporary discoloration of hair and skin may be minimized by careful application. Staining of fabrics may be permanent so contact should be avoided.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Zithranol Shampoo (Anthralin Microcrystalline-encapsulated System, 1%)