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Tarsum shampoo

Generic Name: coal tar/salicylic acid (kohl tar/sal-ih-SILL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Examples include Tarsum and X-Seb T Plus

Tarsum shampoo is used for:

Relieving itching, flaking, irritation, redness, and scaling due to dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis of the scalp. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tarsum shampoo is a topical coal tar and salicylate combination. It works by causing the skin to swell, soften, and then slough or peel in areas where it is applied.

Do NOT use Tarsum shampoo if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Tarsum shampoo
  • you are using prescription medicine or other treatments (eg, ultraviolet radiation therapy) to treat your condition, unless instructed by your doctor

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Tarsum shampoo:

Some medical conditions may interact with Tarsum shampoo. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib)
  • if you have liver or kidney problems, a skin infection, skin irritation, eczema, diabetes, or poor blood circulation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Tarsum shampoo. Because little, if any, of Tarsum shampoo is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Tarsum shampoo may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Tarsum shampoo:

Use Tarsum shampoo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Wet hair and shampoo for a full 5 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Be sure to wash your hands after each use.
  • If you miss a dose of Tarsum shampoo, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Tarsum shampoo.

Important safety information:

  • Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use Tarsum shampoo as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Tarsum shampoo is for external use only. Avoid getting Tarsum shampoo in your eyes, nose, or mouth, or on the genitals. If contact with your eyes occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes. Do not inhale the vapors of Tarsum shampoo.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Do not use Tarsum shampoo longer or more often than recommended by your doctor or on the package label.
  • Check with your doctor before use if you have a condition that covers a large area of the body.
  • Be sure to apply Tarsum shampoo only to the affected area and not to normal healthy skin.
  • Do not use Tarsum shampoo on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened.
  • Do not use Tarsum shampoo on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts growing hair.
  • Do not use any other medicines or drying products on your skin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
  • Tarsum shampoo contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not use Tarsum shampoo on children or teenagers during or after chickenpox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tarsum shampoo may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Tarsum shampoo. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
  • Use Tarsum shampoo with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Tarsum shampoo during pregnancy. It is unknown if Tarsum shampoo is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using Tarsum shampoo.

Possible side effects of Tarsum shampoo:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry, peeling, red, or scaling skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include agitation; diarrhea; dizziness; loss of appetite; loss of hearing; mental disturbances; nausea; rapid or difficult breathing; ringing in the ears; seizures; sluggishness; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Proper storage of Tarsum shampoo:

Store Tarsum shampoo at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Tarsum shampoo out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Tarsum shampoo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tarsum shampoo is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Tarsum shampoo or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Tarsum shampoo. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Tarsum shampoo. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Tarsum shampoo.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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