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Coal Tar Topical suspension

Additional titles for this drug

Balnetar Therapeutic Tar Bath 2.5% Topical Suspension, Balnetar Therapeutic Tar Bath 2.5% Topical Suspension

What is this medicine?

COAL TAR (kohl tahr) is used on the skin to treat a number of skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Shake well before using. Add the prescribed amount to lukewarm bath water as directed. Mix well. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes. Pat dry. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be used on children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • irritation, swelling or redness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increased sensitivity to the sun

  • staining of skin, nails, or clothing

  • stinging

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • inflamed, damaged or broken skin

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to coal tar, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine can stain your skin, nails, hair, or clothing. The color should wash out of your skin, nails and hair a few days after you stop using it. Clothing may be permanently stained.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Unless directed by your doctor or health care professional, avoid exposure to the sun for at least 24 to 72 hours after applying this medicine. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Do not apply this medicine to inflamed, broken, burned, or infected skin.