Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
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
Frequency Not Defined
Stinging/burning of skin
Coal tar may cause discoloration or staining
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)
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy category: C
Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs
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.
Mechanism of Action
Keratolytic agent; elicits antiseptic & antibacterial properties