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Psoriderm cream contains two active ingredients, distilled coal tar and lecithin.Coal tar has been used in skin conditions for hundreds of years, but it is still not fully understood how it works, mainly because it is made up of so many different compounds.Coal tar has mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects, and relieves itching. It is also absorbed into the skin cells and is thought to inhibit DNA replication in these cells. This slows down cell division and stops the cells from multiplying excessively. In turn, this reduces the thickening and scaling of the skin and clears up psoriasis plaques.Coal tar may also work by breaking down keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps the skin cells shed from the treated area, thus reducing the thickening and scaling of the psoriasis plaques.Lecithin is a phospholipid that is included in this medicine to soften psoriasis scales and enhance the absorption of the coal tar into the skin cells.Psoriderm cream is used to treat subacute and chronic (long-term) psoriasis, including psoriasis affecting the scalp and flexures, eg at the elbows, knees or wrists.The cream should be applied to the affected areas of skin or scalp once or twice daily, or as directed by your doctor.
This medicine is for external use on the skin only. Avoid getting the cream in contact with the eyes, mouth, inside of the nose, and genital or rectal areas. Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs. Do not apply the cream to broken, inflamed or infected areas of skin. Wash your hands after applying this medicine to avoid accidentally transfering it to other areas. If skin irritation or acne-like eruptions occur, stop using this cream and consult your doctor. This cream may stain skin, hair or fabric. Coal tar increases the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. You should avoid exposing the skin to direct sunlight after applying this medicine. Not to be used in Sore, inflamed psoriasis Infected or broken areas of skin Variant of psoriasis where blisters or pustules containing fluid appear on the skin (pustular psoriasis) Severe psoriasis, with a rapid onset and short duration (acute psoriasis). This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately
Directions Adults, children and the elderly: Apply to the affected area once or twice daily.
Distilled coal tar 6% w/w and lecithin 0.4% w/w