salicylic acid/coal tar shampoo (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Ionil T, Neutrogena T/Sal, more...Tarsum, X-Seb T Pearl, X-Seb T Plus
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

shampoo

  • 10% coal tar solution and salicylic acid

gel

  • 10% coal tar solution and salicylic acid
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Seborrhea

Shampoo: Apply to wet hair/scalp, lather for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly & repeat

Gel: Apply directly to plaques; leave in place for up to 1 hr; wet hair and lather for several minutes and rinse

Safety and efficacy not established

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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Stinging/burning of scalp

Desquamation

Coal tar may cause discoloration or staining

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity

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)

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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

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