- coal tar, distilled
This information is intended for use by health professionals
Psoriderm Scalp Lotion Shampoo
Distilled coal tar 2.5% w/v
For the full list of excipients, see 6.1.
Golden brown coloured foaming therapeutic shampoo
For the topical treatment of psoriasis of the scalp.
For adults, children and the elderly.
Use as a shampoo, daily if necessary, reducing the frequency of use to once or twice a week as the condition improves. Thereafter, occasional use may be necessary.
Wet the hair thoroughly. Apply a small amount of the shampoo to the scalp (approximately a quantity the size of a fifty pence piece for short hair, adjusting up depending on length/thickness of hair), 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. If necessary, 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.
If there is no improvement after 4 weeks, or the scalp condition seems to look or feel worse, discontinue treatment and tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
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 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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
There are no known toxic effects resulting from excessive use of Psoriderm Scalp Lotion.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antipsoriatics for topical use, Tars. ATC code: D05AA.
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.
Triethanolamine lauryl sulfate (trolamine lauril sulfate)
Lauric acid diethanolamide
36 months in unopened container
Do not store above 25°C.
250 ml white, high density polyethylene BOTTLE incorporating a low density polyethylene plug. Polypropylene SCREW CAP with internal spigot seal.
Diomed Developments Limited
T/A Dermal Laboratories
Herts, SG4 7QR
06/02/1990 / 04/01/2007
Tatmore Place, Gosmore, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR
+44 (0)1462 458 866
+44 (0)1462 420 565