Alphosyl 2 In 1 Shampoo

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Alphosyl 2 In 1 Shampoo

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Alphosyl 2 in 1 Shampoo is a herbal fragranced scalp treatment for dry itchy skin caused by conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dandruff in children and adults over the age of 12 years. Alphosyl not only treats the scalp but it also leaves your hair feeling clean and nourished in one simple step.

Alphosyl 2 in 1 formula can be bought online at The Independent Pharmacy without a prescription.

  • Suitable for age:2 years +

Alphosyl Information

  • What is Alphosyl?

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 medicated shampoo contains the active ingredient alcoholic extract of coal tar. Coal tar is an effective treatment for reducing dry, itchy skin and when combined within a shampoo can be easily applied to the scalp to help ease irritated skin caused by psoriasis, eczema and dandruff.

    Because Alphosyl 2 in 1 formula contains both shampoo and conditioner it can be used on its own up to twice a week for 4 weeks to clean and moisturise, not only your scalp but your hair as well.

    What is Alphosyl used for?

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 Shampoo is used to treat the following dry and itchy skin conditions that affect the scalp:

    • Psoriasis
    • Seborrhoeic dermatitis
    • Eczema
    • Dandruff

    How does Alphosyl work?

    The active ingredient in Alphosyl shampoo is an alcoholic extract of coal tar. Coal tar works as a keratoplastic, which means it relieves itching by breaking down the keratin in the skin.

    The coal tar causes the skin to shed the top layer of dead cells and slows down the growth of new skin cells, which reduces scaling, dryness and relieves itching and irritation.

    Alphosyl Shampoo discontinued

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo has not been discontinued and can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy without a prescription.

    For more information about dry scalp conditions and treatment options, please go to our Dry Scalp Treatments and Advice page.

    Alphosyl Shampoo side effects

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 Shampoo, like other medicated products, can cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. For more details on side effects go to the side effects section on this page.

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Alphosyl Shampoo.

    Alphosyl Shampoo & hair loss

    One of the unwanted side effects some people have reported when using Alphosyl 2 in1 shampoo is hair loss, thinning and abnormal hair texture. This is because the coal tar which is contained within Alphosyl can cause the hair to become dry and brittle.

    Alphosyl 2 in 1, unlike other dry scalp treatments, however also contains conditioner, which reduces the number of hair breakages by nourishing the hair alongside treating the scalp.

    For more information on side effects associated with the use of Alphosyl 2 in 1 formula, please see the side effects section on this page.

    Alternative to Alphosyl

    At The Independent Pharmacy, we offer a range of different treatment options for dry scalp conditions including other brands of coal tar shampoos and ointments as well as products containing another ingredient called salicylic acid.

    If you are suffering from a dry skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis on areas of the body other than your scalp you may have previously used Alphosyl cream, which has now been discontinued in the UK.

    All our available products for dry skin conditions are available to view over on our Advice for Eczema and Dermatitis page.


  • Alphosyl warnings

    For a full list of warnings and precautions please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

    • Do not use Alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo to treat infected, open or damaged skin; including pustular psoriasis, as this may cause your condition to worsen.
    • Please be aware that Alphosyl can stain skin and clothes and in rare cases can cause temporary changes to hair colour. This will resolve once treatment is stopped.
    • Alphosyl may cause increased UV light sensitivity. Avoid using sunlamps and spending a long time in the sun during use.
    • If you are using any other medication, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo.

    Alphosyl & pregnancy

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Alphosyl shampoo. If you use Alphosyl shampoo while breastfeeding you must wash off the shampoo thoroughly before doing so.

  • Alphosyl dosage

    For the treatment of dry scalps, conditions use Alphosyl 2 in 1 Shampoo, as follows, up to twice a week for four weeks. If you see no improvement after four weeks, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    1. Wet hair and scalp thoroughly.
    2. Use enough shampoo to form a lather that covers your scalp, hair and surrounding areas of skin if these are also affected.
    3. Massage the scalp and surrounding skin for 2 minutes using your fingertips.
    4. Rinse your hair thoroughly.
    5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 ensuring that over the 2 cycles Alphosyl has been in contact with the scalp for 3-5 minutes.

    Before using Alphosyl shampoo please read the instructions thoroughly. These can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet.

    Alphosyl shampoo is for external use only and should be applied directly to the skin. If this product gets into the eyes, rinse with lots of water immediately. If swallowed seek medical advice from your nearest emergency department straight away.

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 can be used by children and adults over the age of 12 years. In anyone under the age of 12, you must speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using this product.

  • Alphosyl ingredients

    Alphosyl contains the active ingredient: 5% w/w alcoholic extract of Coal Tar.

    Other ingredients include: Sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, guarhydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, patent blue V (E 131), propylhydroxybenzoate (E 216), methylhydroxybenzoate (E 218).

    Alphosyl 2 in 1 formula also contains parahydroxybenzoates which may cause allergic reactions, which could be delayed.

    Before using Alphosyl shampoo you must ensure you are familiar with the full list of ingredients from the Patient Information Leaflet.

  • Alphosyl side effects

    If you experience any of the following side effects, stop using Alphosyl straight away. If your symptoms do not improve or you are worried about any side effects, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    • New hair loss, thinning or texture
    • Rash, pain, swelling at the application site
    • Increased skin irritation, dryness, reddening, itching which may feel like a burning sensation on the skin
    • Hair colour changes
    • Increased skin sensitivity to sunlight

    In the same way as other medications, Alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo may cause unwanted side effects in some people.

    If you experience a severe allergic reaction when using Alphosyl you must see a doctor immediately.

    For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

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Alphosyl 2 In 1 Shampoo FAQs

  • Alphosyl is a 2-in-1 shampoo used to treat scalp conditions including eczema, psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis. It reduces scaling, inflammation and dandruff caused by any of these conditions. Its active ingredient is coal tar extract, which works by limiting the growth of skin cells on the scalp. It also breaks down keratin, the protein which makes up hair and the outer layer of the skin.

  • Massage Alphosyl into wet hair and the scalp. After a few minutes, you should have a lather which covers the affected areas. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair, and repeat the process if required.

    Alphosyl should be used one or two times per week to reduce dandruff, or once every two or three days for the other scalp conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis).

    Although Alphosyl 2-in-1 shampoo is available without a prescription, you still need to follow instructions closely in order to notice improvements to your symptoms.

  • Do not use this shampoo if the affected area of skin is broken or infected.

    Alphosyl is unsuitable for you if you may be allergic or sensitive to coal tar, or to any of its inactive ingredients such as parahydroxybenzoates. Stop using Alphosyl if you begin to notice a reaction to the product.

  • Alphosyl is not known to be harmful to mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. As is the case with all medicines, though, you should consult your doctor just to be safe. This is especially important if you are in the first trimester of a pregnancy.

  • Alphosyl can cause discolorations of the skin, hair, or of your clothes. Seek medical assistance if you swallow any of this shampoo. Alphosyl may also increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so avoid tanning beds or excessive sunlight while using this treatment.

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