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COAL TAR (Topical)

Brand & Generic Names

Alphosyl Pentrax Extra-Strength
Aquatar Therapeutic Tar Shampoo
Balnetar Pentrax Tar Shampoo
Balnetar Therapeutic psoriGel
Tar Bath PsoriNail
Cutar Water Dispersible Taraphilic
Emollient Tar Tarbonis
Denorex Tar Doak
Denorex Extra Strength TARPASTE
Medicated Shampoo Tarpaste Doak
Denorex Extra Strength T/Derm Tar Emollient
Medicated Shampoo Tegrin Lotion for Psoriasis
with Conditioners Tegrin Medicated Cream
Denorex Medicated Shampoo Shampoo
Denorex Medicated Shampoo Tegrin Medicated Shampoo
and Conditioner Concentrated Gel
Denorex Mountain Fresh Tegrin Medicated Shampoo
Herbal Scent Medicated Extra Conditioning Formula
Shampoo Tegrin Medicated Shampoo
DHS Tar Gel Shampoo Herbal Formula
DHS Tar Shampoo Tegrin Medicated Shampoo
Doak Oil Original Formula
Doak Oil Forte Tegrin Medicated Soap for
Doak Oil Forte Therapeutic Psoriasis
Bath Treatment Tegrin Skin Cream for
Doak Oil Therapeutic Bath Psoriasis
Treatment For All-Over Tersa-Tar Mild Therapeutic
Body Care Shampoo with Protein and
Doak Tar Lotion Conditioner
Doak Tar Shampoo Tersa-Tar Soapless Tar Shampoo
Doctar Tersa-Tar Therapeutic Shampoo
Doctar Hair & Scalp Shampoo T-Gel
and Conditioner T/Gel Therapeutic Conditioner
Estar T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo
Fototar Theraplex T Shampoo
Ionil-T Plus Zetar
LAVATAR Zetar Emulsion
Liquor Carbonis Detergens Zetar Medicated Antiseborrheic
Medotar Shampoo

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? No (for most)
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Antiseborrheic, antipsoriatic, keratolytic


    Applied to the skin to treat dandruff, seborrhea, dermatitis, eczema and other skin diseases.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to use:
Follow package instructions.
Don't apply to blistered, oozing, infected or raw skin.
Keep away from eyes.
Protect treated area from sunshine for 72 hours.

When to use:
According to package instructions.

If you forget a dose:
Use as soon as you remember.

What drug does:
Kills bacteria and fungus organisms on contact.
Suppresses overproduction of skin cells.

Time lapse before drug works:
None. Works immediately. May take several days before maximum effect.

Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


None expected.


    Overdose unlikely to threaten life. If person takes much larger amount than prescribed, call doctor, poison-control center or hospital emergency room for instructions.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    None expected.


    Skin stinging.


    Skin more irritated.


    Pus forms in lesions on skin.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't use if:
You have intolerance to coal tar.

Before you start, consult your doctor:
If you have infected skin or open wounds.

Over age 60:
No special problems expected.

Safety not established. Consult doctor.

No special problems expected. Consult doctor.

Infants & children:
Don't use on infants.

Prolonged use:
No special problems expected.

Skin & sunlight:
Protect treated area from direct sunlight for 72 hours.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.

No special problems expected.

May affect results in some medical tests.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

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Psoralens Excess sensitivity to sun.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

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Alcohol: No special problems expected.
Beverages: No special problems expected.
Cocaine: No special problems expected.
Foods: No special problems expected.
Marijuana: No special problems expected.
Tobacco: No special problems expected.

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