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Salicylic Acid/​Coal Tar Shampoo

    DEA Class; OTC

    Common Brand Names; Ionil T, Neutrogena T/Sal, Tarsum, X-Seb T Pearl, X-Seb T Plus

    • Keratolytic Agents

    Keratolytic agent

    Indicated for the treatment of Seborrhea


    • Stinging/burning of scalp
    • Desquamation
    • Coal tar may cause discoloration or staining

    Topical use only

    Avoid contact with eyes

    Avoid inflamed or broken skin

    Avoid exposure to sunlight (coal tar photosensitizing)

    Keep away from fire/flame (coal tar is flammable)

    Pregnancy category: C

    Lactation: unknown

    Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs

    Shampoo: Apply to wet hair/scalp, lather for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly & repeat

    Gel: Apply directly to plaques; leave in place for up to 1 hr; wet hair and lather for several minutes and rinse

    Salicylic acid/coal tar shampoo


    • 10% coal tar solution and salicylic acid


    • 10% coal tar solution and salicylic acid