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1. Name Of The Medicinal Product

Polytar AF

2. Qualitative And Quantitative Composition

Tar Blend 1% w/w, Zinc Pyrithione 1% w/w in a shampoo base

Tar Blend comprises:

Pine tar, Cade oil, Coal Tar Solution, Arachis Oil extract of Coal Tar.

3. Pharmaceutical Form

Medicated Shampoo

4. Clinical Particulars 4.1 Therapeutic Indications

Polytar AF is indicated in the topical treatment of scalp disorders such as dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis and psoriasis.

4.2 Posology And Method Of Administration

Shake the bottle before use. Wet the hair and massage Polytar AF into the hair, scalp and surrounding skin. Leave for 2-3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Polytar AF should be used two or three times weekly for at least 3 weeks or until the condition clears.

4.3 Contraindications

Polytar AF should not be used by patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

4.4 Special Warnings And Precautions For Use

Avoid contact with the eyes. Tar products may cause skin irritation, rashes and, rarely, photosensitivity. Zinc pyrithione may cause dermatitis, should this occur, Polytar AF should be discontinued.

4.5 Interaction With Other Medicinal Products And Other Forms Of Interaction

None known.

4.6 Pregnancy And Lactation

The safety of Polytar AF in human pregnancy and lactation has not been established.

4.7 Effects On Ability To Drive And Use Machines


4.8 Undesirable Effects


4.9 Overdose

Not applicable.

5. Pharmacological Properties 5.1 Pharmacodynamic Properties

Tar blend:

Tars suppress DNA synthesis in hyperplastic skin, this inhibits mitotic activity and protein synthesis. By decreasing proliferation and dermal infiltration, they promote a return to normal keratinisation. Tars also have vasoconstricting astringent and antipruritic properties.

Zinc Pyrithione:

Zinc Pyrithione has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is fungicidal against the pathogenic yeasts of the pityrosporum genus which are implicated in dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic Properties

Not Applicable.

5.3 Preclinical Safety Data

Not Applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical Particulars 6.1 List Of Excipients

Coconut diethanolamide

Triethanolamine Lauryl Sulphate


Sodium Hydroxide





Purified Water

6.2 Incompatibilities


6.3 Shelf Life

24 months

6.4 Special Precautions For Storage

Store below 25oC

6.5 Nature And Contents Of Container

High density polyethylene bottles of 25ml, 65ml, 150ml, 250ml, 350ml, 400ml, 1000ml

6.6 Special Precautions For Disposal And Other Handling

There are no special instructions for use or handling of Polytar AF.

7. Marketing Authorisation Holder

GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited

980 Great West Road




Trading as Stiefel

Stockley Park West



UB11 1BT

8. Marketing Authorisation Number(S)

PL 19494/0061

9. Date Of First Authorisation/Renewal Of The Authorisation

16th March 1992.

10. Date Of Revision Of The Text

20 December 2010

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