How to Use Linotar?
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How to Use Linotar?

Main Body:

Lightly apply the Linotar Gel 1% to the affected areas. The Linotar Gel 1 will dry within 2 to 3 minutes. LinoCream Moisturizing Cream can now be applied to those affected areas. Repeat 2 to 3 times daily.


Towel dry hair after it has been washed with a hypo-allergenic shampoo. Apply Linotar Gel 1 to affected areas and allow to dry for 2 to 3 minutes. Apply LinoScalp leave-in Scalp Conditioner to affected areas on the scalp. Blow dry or let hair dry naturally. Linotar Gel 1 and LinoScalp leave-in Scalp Conditioner can be applied without washing hair. Repeat 2 to 3 times daily.


Cut the nails as short as possible. Apply the Linotar Gel 1 under the nail as far as possible and around the nail bed. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 minutes, then apply the LinoCream Moisturising Cream to the same areas. Avoid peeling potatoes, tomatoes, onions etc. Wear cotton gloves when working with chemicals.


  • If the skin becomes increasingly sensitive to the Linotar treatment, call the Linotar Helpdesk (Canada & US toll-free:1-888-604-4561, or consult a physician.
  • Soaps and shampoos should be mild, hypo-allergenic and deodorant free. Ask your pharmacist or Help Line for suggestions.
  • Coal Tar is a photosensitizer. Avoid overexposure to sunlight.

Linotar Gel 1 Penetrating Emulsion:

Distilled Coal Tar, 10 mg/g (1% w/w) Topical emulsion for the treatment of psoriasis of the skin and scalp

Directions for use:

For adults and children over 12 years of age:
Make sure that all areas of the affected skin are clean.
Apply a thin layer of Linotar Gel 1 Penetrating Emulsion two to three times per day to these areas. Massage gently and leave to dry.

For use in children under 12 year of age and the elderly:
Linotar Gel 1 can be diluted in the palm of the hand by mixing with a few drops of freshly boiled water.

Make sure to keep the bottle closed after use and stored out of sight and reach of children!

In the morning:

Clean the affected area. Sparingly apply a thin layer of Linotar Gel 1.
After Linotar Gel 1 Emulsion has dried (2-3 minutes), apply a thin layer of LinoCream Moisturising Cream.

In the afternoon:

Sparingly apply a thin layer of Linotar Gel 1 onto the affected area, including the scalp.
After Linotar Gel 1 Penetrating Emulsion (2-3 minutes), apply at thin layer of LinoCream Moisturising Cream.
Treatment of the scalp: after Linotar Gel 1 Penetrating Emulsion has dried, gently rub in LinoScalp leave-in Scalp Conditioner and leave to dry.

In the evening:

Repeat the treatment of the afternoon.
Along with the recommendations given in the brochure to adapt to an appropriate life-style,
this treatment regimen is the optimal Linotar therapy for psoriasis sufferers.
Any deviations from this scheme may lead to a longer duration of treatment.

Directions for use on the scalp: apply LinoScalp leave-in Scalp Conditioner after washing the hair and rub gently when hair is still wet and leave to dry.

Linotar Gel 1 - how does it work?

Coal tar is mildly antiseptic and relieves itching.
It also acts as a 'keratolytic', which works to break down a protein which forms part of the skin structure called keratin.
Skin thickening occurs due to the deposition of keratin.
Coal tar helps to reduce the excessive hardening, thickening and scaling of the skin.

What is Linotar Gel 1 used for?

Psoriasis of the skin and scalp


- Avoid exposure to sunlight or sunlamps.
- If exposure to sunlight cannot be avoided, use protective measures such as sun-creams or protective clothing.
- This medicine will stain skin, hair and fabric.
- Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes, genital and rectal areas.
- This preparation is for external use only.

Use Linotar Gel 1 with caution:

- Avoid contact with eyelids and all other mucosal surfaces
- Avoid direct contact with the eyes

Linotar Gel 1 is not to be used in:

Acute psoriasis (is sudden, severe outbursts of psoriasis).

Linotar Gel 1 should not be used if:

- You are allergic to one or any of its ingredients (see below).
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 Linotar Gel 1 and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding, provided the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby.
Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
No Linotar Gel 1 safety information is available in pregnancy. Seek medical advice.
No safety information is available in breastfeeding. Discuss with your doctor.

Side effects:

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways.
The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this type of medicine (coal tar).
Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that particular, or any, side effect.

- Abnormal reaction of the skin to light, usually a rash (photosensitivity)
- Staining of skin and clothes
- Skin irritation

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the patient information provided with the medicine, or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can Linotar Gel 1 affect other medicines?

No known interactions, when applied to unbroken skin.


Active substance: Distilled Coal Tar, 10 mg/g (1% w/w Gel 1)

Other ingredients:

Complex of esterified essential fatty acids; PEG-40 hydrogenated Castor Oil; Sodium Propyl Paraben 0.05 %; Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopherol); Methyl Paraben 0.1%; Polysorbate 80; Xanthan Gum; Industrial Methylated Spirits; purified Water.