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Zithranol Side Effects

Generic Name: anthralin topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug anthralin topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Zithranol.

Applies to anthralin topical: topical cream, topical ointment, topical paste, topical shampoo

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

As well as its needed effects, anthralin topical (the active ingredient contained in Zithranol) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking anthralin topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

More common:
  • Redness or other skin irritation of treated or uninvolved skin not present before use of this medicine
  • Skin rash

It is possible that some side effects of Zithranol may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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