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Psoriatec (Anthralin) - Indications and Dosage



For the topical treatment of psoriasis.


Generally, it is recommended that Psoriatec cream be applied once a day. Anthralin is known to be a potential skin irritant. The irritant potential of anthralin is directly related to the strength being used, the time of contact, and each patient's individual tolerance.

Where the response to Psoriatec treatment has not previously been established, commence treatment using a short contact time for at least one week. When a short contact time is used initially, it can be increased stepwise to twenty to thirty minutes before removing the cream by washing or showering. The optimal period of contact will vary according to the patient's response to treatment. To open the tube, unscrew the cap and invert to puncture seal in tube. After use, replace cap in original position.

For the Skin:    Apply sparingly only to the psoriatic lesions and rub gently and carefully into the skin. Avoid applying an excessive quantity which may cause unnecessary soiling and staining of the clothing and/or bed linen. At the end of each period of treatment, rinse the skin thoroughly with cool to lukewarm water before washing with soap. The margins of the lesions may gradually become stained purple/brown as treatment progresses, but this will disappear after cessation of treatment.

For the Scalp:    Wash the hair with shampoo, rinse with water and apply Psoriatec cream while the hair is still damp. Rub the cream well into the psoriatic lesions. Keep Psoriatec cream away from the eyes. Care should be taken to avoid application of the cream to uninvolved scalp margins. Remove any unintended residue which may be deposited behind the ears. At the end of each period of contact, rinse hair and scalp thoroughly with cool to lukewarm water and then shampoo the hair and scalp to remove any surplus cream (which may have become red/brown in color). This treatment may be repeated on alternate days if necessary.


Psoriatec (anthralin cream 1.0%, USP) is supplied in tubes.

50g NDC 65880-415-50

Keep container tightly capped when not in use. Avoid excessive heat.

Store at controlled room temperature: 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).

Rx only.

Date of preparation or last review: July 2001

Manufactured for:

Sirius Laboratories

100 Fairway Drive, Ste. 130

Vernon Hills, IL 60061

by Bioglan AB


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