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Brand names: Anti-Dandruff (Balnetar), DHS Tar Shampoo (Ionil T), Coal Tar (DHS Tar Shampoo), Balnetar [KOL-TAR-TOP-ik-al]
Drug class: topical agents

What is Balnetar?

The coal tar that is produced during the processing of coalBalnetar is used for the treatment of skin symptoms such as dryness, redness, and flaking. The use of coal tar will not cure psoriasis and will only provide temporary relief.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of coal tar.

Side effects of Balnetar?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Balnetar can cause serious side effects. Call your doctor immediately if:

  • The skin may experience severe irritation, such as stinging or burning.

Some of the most common side effects include mild skin irritation or a rash.There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, allergies, and medicines.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to coal tar, do not use Balnetar.If you have any other medical conditions or concerns, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it's safe to use the medicine.

  • If you have an allergy to any drug,
  • If you receive ultraviolet radiation therapy for your psoriasis,

Other emulsifiers may be present in coal tar products, such as mineral oil or lanolin. You should always check the label on any coal tar products you use. If you have an allergy to one of the ingredients, talk with your doctor about using coal tar.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.Do not let a child under the age of 12 use this medication without adult supervision.

How to take Balnetar?

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or duration. Use the recommended dose and do not exceed it.Follow the instructions on the label to apply coal tar creams, lotions, ointments, or solutions. Coal tar creams, lotions, ointments, and solutions can be used up to four times per day.Pour 1 to 3 capfuls of coal tar oil into a warm bathtub before bathing. The oil may make the tub slippery. Avoid a slip.Shake the shampoo with coal tar well before using. You should use enough shampoo to produce a rich lather. Massage the shampoo into the scalp, and then rinse well. Then, apply the shampoo again and let it sit on your scalp for 5 minutes. Rinse well.The shampoo can discolor blonde or colored hair. This is usually a temporary effect.Use coal tar sparingly on large areas of skin. Do not use the coal tar for long periods without consulting your doctor.Some types of coal tar may stain fabrics or other surfaces.If your symptoms don't improve or worsen while taking Balnetar, call your doctor.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature. When not in use, keep the medicine tightly sealed.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Balnetar can be used as needed, and you do not need to follow a schedule. If you have a regular schedule, take the missed dose immediately after you remember. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of Balnetar are not considered dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

You should not combine coal tar with other psoriasis medication unless you have been told to by your doctor.Balnetar should not be used in the eyes. If this occurs, flush your eyes out with water immediately.Avoid using coal tar on the skin in your groin area or the rectal region.Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds. The coal tar in your skin can increase its sensitivity to the sun, and sunburn could result.

Interaction with other drug

The application of coal tar topically is unlikely to be affected by other drugs that you may take orally or even inject. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies.