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Psoriasis and Anthralin

Written by ColleenO, FoundHealth.

Anthralin is the synthetic substitute for chrysarobin, a substance found in Goa powder made from the bark of the South American araroba tree.1 Anthralin can be very effective for treating mild to moderate psoriasis, particularly the tough-to-treat thick patches. It is often used in conjunction with ultraviolet light treatments. Anthralin is rarely used in modern psoriasis treatment regimens.

Effect of Anthralin on Psoriasis

Anthralin is used to reduce the rapid growth of skin cells associated with plaque psoriasis.1

Read more details about Anthralin.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• This medicine can stain fabric, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl, and enamel.

• This medicine can stain fingernails, hair, and skin.

• Clean shower or tub immediately after use to prevent staining.

• Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area unless told to do so by healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Skin irritation.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe skin irritation.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.


  1. National Psoriasis Foundation:

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