What should I discuss with my health care provider before using coal tar?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to coal tar.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
if you are allergic to any drugs; or
if you are receiving ultraviolet radiation treatment for your psoriasis.
Coal tar products may contain lanolin, mineral oil, or other emulsifiers. Check the label of any coal tar product you are using. Talk with your doctor before using coal tar if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Do not allow a young child to use this medicine without adult supervision.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since coal tar topical is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What should I avoid while using coal tar?
Do not use coal tar together with other psoriasis medications unless your doctor tells you to.
Avoid getting coal tar topical in your eyes. If this does occur, rinse with water.
Do not use coal tar to treat the skin of your groin or rectal area.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Coal tar can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result.
What other drugs will affect coal tar?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied coal tar. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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