Generic Name: coal tar (kole tar)
Brand Name: Scytera
Scytera foam is used for:
Relieving itching, irritation, redness, dryness, scaling, and flaking of the skin caused by psoriasis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Scytera foam is a keratolytic. It works by slowing bacterial growth and loosening and softening scales and crust.
Do NOT use Scytera foam if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Scytera foam
- you have a condition that makes you sensitive to sunlight (eg, lupus, allergy to sunlight)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Scytera foam:
Some medical conditions may interact with Scytera foam. 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 are using any other treatment for psoriasis, including ultraviolet radiation or a prescription medicine
- if you are using Scytera foam for psoriasis or seborrhea and you also have eczema
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Scytera foam. However, no specific interactions with Scytera foam are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Scytera foam 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 Scytera foam:
Use Scytera foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before using Scytera foam.
- Shake well before each use.
- Hold the canister upside down to dispense the medicine. Apply the smallest amount necessary to cover the entire area with a thin layer as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands after using Scytera foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- If you miss a dose of Scytera foam, 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 Scytera foam.
Important safety information:
- Avoid getting Scytera foam in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Scytera foam in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
- Scytera foam may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Scytera foam may stain hair, skin, contact lenses, and clothing.
- Do not use any other medicine or special cleanser on your skin unless directed by your doctor.
- Do not use Scytera foam on open, raw, inflamed, or infected skin.
- Do not use Scytera foam in or around the genital area, groin, or rectum unless you doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not use Scytera foam over a large area of your body without first talking to your doctor.
- Do not use Scytera foam for a prolonged period of time without consulting your doctor.
- Scytera foam may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Scytera foam. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Different brands of Scytera foam may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN on the package labeling. Follow the dosing instructions provided on the package labeling or by your doctor. If you are unsure of how to use Scytera foam on a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Scytera foam is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Scytera foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Scytera foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Scytera foam:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Itching, burning, tenderness, or redness; sensitivity to sunlight.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); 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.Proper storage of Scytera foam:
Store Scytera foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not expose to heat or store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not store in the bathroom. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep Scytera foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Scytera foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Scytera foam 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 Scytera foam 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 Scytera foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Scytera foam. 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 Scytera foam.
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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