How to Take Anthralin and Dose of Anthralin


Find out how to take Anthralin (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Anthralin


How it should be taken  

It is available as creams, ointment or pastes in 0.1 to 2% strengths to apply topically as directed by your physician.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Adult: Topical- As 0.1% ointment/paste: Apply for a few hr before washing off once daily. Apply to skin or scalp for 20 to 60 minutes once a day, then washed or shampooed off. Apply for a few hours before washing off once daily. In some cases, it is applied at night and allowed to remain on the affected areas overnight, then washed off the next morning or before the next application.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Contraindicated in patients with acute psoriatic eruptions or history of hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is a topical antimitotic, prescribed for psoriasis.  It works by slowing the reproduction of skin cells.

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of inflamed psoriatic eruptions, folliculitis, other skin problems, kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
An interval of at least one week should be allowed between the discontinuance of usage of steroids and the commencement of Dritho-Scalp therapy to avoid rebound phenomenon.
For external use only; avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Do not apply this medicine to blistered, raw, or oozing areas of the skin or scalp.
Avoid use on face, skin flexures, inner thighs, upper arms and genitals.
Wash your hands thoroughly after applying this medication.
It may be harmful if swallowed.

Storage Conditions  

Store it at room temperature. Keep away from heat and light. Keep container tightly closed.
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