Anthralin (On the skin)
Antipsoriatic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
In the U.S., this medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, anthralin is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
While applying this medicine to your scalp, shampoo and rinse your hair with water before and after each treatment period. Apply this medicine to the affected area while the hair is still damp.
This medicine will stain fabrics, plastics, or bathroom surfaces. Use a protective bandage or covering over the treated area to avoid staining of your clothes or bed linens.
After bathing or showering, rinse and clean your bathtub or shower to prevent staining of the tile, plastic, or porcelain.
If a dose is missed:
Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor how to dispose of the medicine container and any leftover or expired medicine.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to anthralin, or if you have severe pain, swelling, or redness from your psoriasis.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Severe soreness where the medicine is applied.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Discoloration of your hair, skin, or nails.
Mild skin rash, redness, or itching where the medicine is applied.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
More side effects of this drug
Brand names include
Anthraforte 2%, Anthraforte 3%, Anthrascalp, Dritho-Scalp, Drithocreme, Psoriatec, Zithranol, Zithranol-RR
There may be other brand names for this medicine.