anthralin (for scalp only) - topical, Dritho-Scalp
GENERIC NAME: ANTHRALIN (FOR SCALP ONLY) - TOPICAL (AN-thra-lin)
BRAND NAME(S): Dritho-Scalp
USES: This medication is used for the treatment of long-term psoriasis of the scalp. Anthralin is a man-made version of a natural substance found in goa powder, which is from the araroba tree. It works by slowing down the growth of skin cells. This product does not contain a corticosteroid or coal tar. It is not meant to be used for a severe outbreak of psoriasis. Do not use this drug if the skin is inflamed or irritated.
HOW TO USE: Exactly follow all directions from your doctor and pharmacist. Learn how to apply this medicine, how long to leave it on the scalp, and how to avoid staining.This medication is for use on the scalp.To prevent discoloration of fingernails, apply this medication using plastic gloves.Apply a thin layer to the area with psoriasis, usually once daily. Avoid the normal scalp. Rub in well. If normal skin surrounding the treated areas becomes too irritated, you may cover the normal skin with petroleum jelly to protect it.Wash hair first with a shampoo to remove loose scales. Rinse off the shampoo, then apply this medication as directed, only on the psoriasis area.Follow your doctor's directions for how long to leave the drug on the scalp (usually starting at 5-10 minutes per treatment). Then wash the scalp with a recommended shampoo and rinse well.After using this medicine, wash hands with plenty of soap and water.Do not allow the drug to come in contact with the eyes or the inside of the nose/mouth. If this occurs, flush with plenty of water. If irritation occurs, contact your doctor immediately.Treatment is usually continued until the affected area is entirely clear.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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