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Anthrascalp Side Effects

Generic name: anthralin topical

Note: This document contains side effect information about anthralin topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Anthrascalp.

Applies to anthralin topical: topical cream, topical shampoo

Anthralin has been shown to cause tumors in animals. However, there have been no reports of anthralin causing tumors in humans.

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, anthralin topical (the active ingredient contained in Anthrascalp) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking anthralin topical:

More common

  • Redness or other skin irritation of treated or uninvolved skin not present before use of this medicine


  • Skin rash

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 26, 2021.

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.