coal tar bath products (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Balnetar, Cutar Emulsion, more...Doak Tar Oil
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical liquid

  • 1.5%
  • 2.5%

topical oil

  • 2.5%
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Psoriasis & Seborrhea Dermatitis

Add to bath water, soak for 5-20 minutes, then gently pat skin dry; use qDay for 3 days

Safety & efficacy not established

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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Stinging/burning of skin

Dermatologic dermatitis

Folliculitis

Irritation

Photosensitivity

Desquamation

Coal tar may cause discoloration or staining

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity

Cautions

Topical use only

Avoid contact with eyes

Avoid contact with rectal/genital areas

Avoid inflamed or broken skin

Avoid exposure to sunlight (coal tar photosensitizing)

Keep away from fire/flame (coal tar is flammable)

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy category: C

Lactation: Unknown

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Keratolytic agent; elicits antiseptic & antibacterial properties

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