- coal tar, distilled
This information is intended for use by health professionals
PSORIDERM SCALP LOTION SHAMPOO
Distilled Coal Tar 2.5% w/v
Golden brown coloured foaming therapeutic shampoo.
For the topical treatment of psoriasis of the scalp.
For adults, children and the elderly. Wet the hair thoroughly. Apply a small amount of the shampoo to the scalp, and massage gently until a rich lather has been generated. Retain on the scalp for a few minutes. Remove excess lather with the hands before rinsing with warm water. Repeat the above procedure.
Not to be used for acute, sore or pustular psoriasis or in the presence of infection. Not to be used in cases of sensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Keep away from the eyes and mucous membranes. Replace cap after use. Avoid spillage.
No special precautions.
Local side-effects do not normally occur. In rare cases of skin irritation, acne-like eruptions or photosensitivity, discontinue treatment. Rarely, Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo may stain skin, hair or fabric.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
There are no known toxic effects resulting from excessive use of Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo.
Coal tar has been used dermatologically for hundreds of years and has been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of scaly scalp conditions such as psoriasis. The British Pharmacopoeia contains monographs on coal tar and coal tar solution, and many formulations of coal tar are used in hospitals throughout the country. The coal tar used in Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo has been specially distilled and is based on a neutral fraction which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of psoriasis.
The precise mechanism of action of coal tar is not understood, largely as a result of it comprising up to 10,000 components. There is evidence that topical application of coal tar improves psoriasis by reducing the excessive rate of mitotic epidermal cell division.
Lecithin is added to Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo to soften psoriasis scales and thereby enhance the absorption of the coal tar.
Lecithin; Triethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate (trolamine lauril sulfate); Lauric Acid Diethanolamide; Disodium Edetate; Sodium Chloride; Phenoxyethanol; Ammonium Sulfate; Purified Water.
Do not store above 25°C.
White plastic bottle containing 250 ml. This is supplied as an original pack (OP).
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4 January 2007.
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