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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(kole tar)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Denorex, Neutrogena T/Gel, Pentrax, Tegrin, Zetar


Coal tar shampoo is used to treat the itching and skin flaking/irritation caused by certain skin conditions of the head and scalp (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis).

How To Use

Apply this medication onto the hair and scalp usually twice weekly; or as directed by your doctor. Shake the bottle well before each application/shampoo. Wet your hair thoroughly with water and rub the shampoo into lather on your hair and scalp. Rinse your hair well with water and repeat. This medicated shampoo is for use on the scalp and hair only. Do not use if you have open skin (e.g., sores/wounds) on your scalp. Avoid getting any of this shampoo in your eyes. If eye contact occurs, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water. If eye irritation persists or worsens, contact your doctor promptly. Avoid getting any of this shampoo on your clothes. This product may stain your clothing.

Side Effects

Minor skin/scalp irritation or darkened/stained skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: large and/or painful skin sores/pimples on the scalp. An allergic reaction to this product is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other skin conditions, any allergies. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure or wear protective clothing or a hat when outdoors. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medicated shampoo. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other medicated shampoos or topical products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This product may be harmful if swallowed.


Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.