Anthralin, also known as dithranol, is an herbal substance found in Goa powder from the araroba tree. It slows down the growth of skin cells.

This medicinal drug is used for long-term psoriasis. It isn’t intended to be used for severe psoriasis. Stop the use of this drug if the skin is inflamed or irritated.

Note for signs and symptoms of allergy, which include: rash, itching/swelling (mainly of the face/tongue/throat), intense dizziness, and trouble breathing.

Temporary redness or irritation of the skin can occur. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist directly.

Most people who have used this drug do not have severe side effects. Tell your physician straight away if any of these unlikely but severe effects arise: skin discomfort and progression of psoriasis. This medicine can also temporarily discolour fingernails or discolour grey or white hair. It will even stain skin and fabrics. An extreme allergic reaction to this drug is rare.


Talk to your pharmacist for more information. Before the use of this medication, inform your health practitioner or pharmacist about your clinical history, specifically of kidney diseases.

To prevent staining of apparel or bed linen, a protective dressing may be beneficial. Rinse or shower with lukewarm water. Then use a cleanser to remove any deposits left on the floor. During pregnancy, this medicine should only be used as needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your physician. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.



Before the use of anthralin, inform your health practitioner or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or when you have other allergic reactions to medicines. This product can also contain inactive ingredients, which could be the reason for hypersensitivity reactions or other problems.

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room without delay.

GENERIC NAME: Anthralin – topical

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