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1. Name of the medicinal product


2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Distilled Coal Tar 2.5% w/v

3. Pharmaceutical form

Golden brown coloured foaming therapeutic shampoo.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

For the topical treatment of psoriasis of the scalp.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

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.

4.3 Contraindications

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.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Keep away from the eyes and mucous membranes. Replace cap after use. Avoid spillage.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

None known.

4.6 Pregnancy and lactation

No special precautions.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

None known.

4.8 Undesirable effects

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:

4.9 Overdose

There are no known toxic effects resulting from excessive use of Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

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.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Not applicable.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Lecithin; Triethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate (trolamine lauril sulfate); Lauric Acid Diethanolamide; Disodium Edetate; Sodium Chloride; Phenoxyethanol; Ammonium Sulfate; Purified Water.

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

36 months.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

White plastic bottle containing 250 ml. This is supplied as an original pack (OP).

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Dermal Laboratories

Tatmore Place, Gosmore

Hitchin, Herts SG4 7QR, UK.

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)


9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

4 January 2007.

10. Date of revision of the text

November 2017.