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Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Coal Tar (Topical )


VA CLASSIFICATION
Primary: DE500
Secondary: DE900; DE802{01}{08}

Commonly used brand name(s): Sebex-T Tar Shampoo; Sebutone; Vanseb-T.

Note: For a listing of dosage forms and brand names by country availability, see Dosage Forms section(s).



Category:


Keratolytic (topical)—

antiseborrheic—

antipsoriatic (topical)—

Indications

Accepted

Dandruff (treatment) or{06}
Dermatitis, seborrheic, of scalp{06} (treatment)—Salicylic acid, sulfur, and coal tar cream shampoo and lotion shampoo are indicated as adjuncts in the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis to relieve itching and scaling of the scalp. {14}

Psoriasis, of scalp (treatment)—Salicylic acid, sulfur, and coal tar cream shampoo and lotion shampoo are indicated in the treatment of psoriasis to relieve itching and scaling of the scalp.


Pharmacology/Pharmacokinetics

Salicylic Acid—See Salicylic Acid (Topical) .

Sulfur—See Sulfur (Topical) .

Coal Tar—See Coal Tar (Topical) .


Precautions to Consider

Salicylic Acid—See Salicylic Acid (Topical) .

Sulfur—See Sulfur (Topical) .

Coal Tar—See Coal Tar (Topical) .


Side/Adverse Effects
Salicylic Acid—See Salicylic Acid (Topical) .

Sulfur—See Sulfur (Topical) .

Coal Tar—See Coal Tar (Topical).



Patient Consultation
As an aid to patient consultation, refer to Advice for the Patient, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Coal Tar (Topical).

In providing consultation, consider emphasizing the following selected information (» = major clinical significance):

Before using this medication
»   Conditions affecting use, especially:
Sensitivity to salicylic acid, sulfur, or coal tar





Use in children—Children may be at increased risk of toxicity because of increased absorption of salicylic acid through the skin


Proper use of this medication
» Importance of not using more medication than the amount recommended

» Avoiding contact with the eyes

Washing hands immediately after application to remove any medication that may be on them

Proper administration
Before using—Wetting hair and scalp with lukewarm water

Applying a generous amount to scalp; working up a rich lather

Rubbing lather into scalp for 5 minutes; rinsing

Applying medication again; rinsing thoroughly

» Proper dosing
Missed dose: Using as soon as possible; not using if almost time for next dose

» Proper storage

Precautions while using this medication
» Avoiding concurrent use with topical mercury-containing preparations

Medication may temporarily discolor blond, bleached, or tinted hair


Side/adverse effects
Signs of potential side effects, especially skin irritation not present before therapy


Topical Dosage Forms

SALICYLIC ACID, SULFUR, AND COAL TAR CREAM SHAMPOO

Usual adult and adolescent dose
Dandruff
Psoriasis of scalp
Seborrheic dermatitis of scalp
Topical, to the scalp, one or two times a week or as needed.


Usual pediatric dose
See Usual adult and adolescent dose.

Strength(s) usually available
U.S.—


1% salicylic acid, 2% sulfur, and 5% coal tar solution (OTC) [Vanseb-T{03}]


2% salicylic acid, 2% sulfur, and 0.5% coal tar (OTC) [Sebutone{03}]

Canada—
Not commercially available.

Packaging and storage:
Store below 40 °C (104 °F), preferably between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F), in a well-closed container, unless otherwise specified by manufacturer. Protect from freezing.

Auxiliary labeling:
   • For external use only.


SALICYLIC ACID, SULFUR, AND COAL TAR LOTION SHAMPOO

Usual adult and adolescent dose
See Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Coal Tar Cream Shampoo. {14}

Usual pediatric dose
See Usual adult and adolescent dose.

Strength(s) usually available
U.S.—


1% salicylic acid, 2% sulfur, and 5% coal tar solution (OTC) [Vanseb-T{03}]


2% salicylic acid, 2% sulfur, and 0.5% coal tar (OTC) [Sebutone{03}{05}]


2% salicylic acid, 2% colloidal sulfur, and 5% coal tar solution (OTC) [Sebex-T Tar Shampoo]

Canada—


2% salicylic acid, 2% sulfur, and 0.5% coal tar (OTC) [Sebutone{10}{14}]

Packaging and storage:
Store below 40 °C (104 °F), preferably between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F), in a well-closed container, unless otherwise specified by manufacturer. Protect from freezing.

Auxiliary labeling:
   • Shake well. {05}
   • For external use only.



Revised: 07/26/1993



References
  1. Fleeger CA, editor. USAN 1993. USAN and the USP dictionary of drug names. Rockville, MD: The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., 1992.
    1. Olin BR, editor. Drug facts and comparisons. St. Louis: Facts and Comparisons, Inc. 1992: 569.
      1. Sebutone Therapeutic Tar Lotion Shampoo package insert (Westwood—US), Rev 1980, Rec 2/89.
      1. Pragmatar Ointment package insert (SK&F—Canada), CPS 1991: 962.
          1. Sebex-T Tar Shampoo package insert (Rugby—US), Rec 4/86.
          1. Sebutone Shampoo package insert (Westwood—Canada), CPS 1990: 983.
                1. Sebutone package insert (Westwood-Squibb—Canada), CPS 1993: 1101.
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