What is Alphosyl Shampoo?
Alphosyl Shampoo is a treatment for dandruff and dry skin on your scalp. Use this shampoo exactly as you would your regular shampoo to treat your entire scalp, perfect for those who have psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff. If you have an itchy, flaky scalp and need a way to ease your discomfort and reduce flaking, Alphosyl could be the ideal treatment for you.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff is a common skin condition that lots of people experience at one point or another. When you have dandruff, the skin on your scalp becomes itchy and dry, and as your dry skin flakes away you may notice white or grey flecks of it in your hair. There are lots of different causes for dandruff, including some dry skin conditions, such as:
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Cradle cap in babies
How will Alphosyl 2-in-1 shampoo treat my dandruff?
Alphosyl shampoo contains an active ingredient called coal tar, which works as an anti-scaling agent. This means that this shampoo breaks down the keratin that makes up part of your skins structure, breaking down your dandruff in the process. It also helps to relieve itching, making you feel more comfortable in your skin.
Can I use this shampoo if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this shampoo. If your doctor says it’s okay for you to use this product while breastfeeding, make sure all traces of shampoo are washed off before feeding your baby.
Can I use this product if I’m using another medication?
If you’re using any other medication, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. Some medications can interact when used together, and a medical professional can help to be sure that your medications are safe to use together.
How to use this shampoo
Before using this product, wet your hair thoroughly. Apply the shampoo to your hair and work into a lather, making sure you have enough lather to cover your scalp, hair, and any surrounding areas which are affected. Massage the scalp using your fingertips, rinse thoroughly, and repeat the entire process. The shampoo should be in contact with your scalp for around 3 – 5 minutes total.
When should this product not be used?
Alphosyl shampoo should not be used in children under the age of 12 unless you are told to do so by your doctor. Do not use this product if you are allergic to coal tar or any of the other listed ingredients. For external use only, avoid contact with eyes or other sensitive areas. Do not use this product to treat infected, broken, or damaged skin, or for acute pustular psoriasis (skin redness with pus-filled blisters). This product can stain skin and clothes, skin stains will wear off after treatment.
Does Alphosyl Shampoo have any side effects?
Like all medications, Alphosyl shampoo can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects while using this product, you may be having an allergic reaction and should stop use and seek medical assistance immediately:
- Raised, itchy skin rash or hives
- Swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat
- Difficulty breathing
Other side effects include:
- Unusual hair loss or hair thinning
- Change in hair texture
- Change in hair colour
- Eye irritation
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Skin irritation, e.g. itching, redness, dryness, burning sensation
- Skin pain, rash, or swelling
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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- Coal Tar
Active ingredient: 5% w/w alcoholic extract of Coal Tar.
Other ingredients: Sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, lauramide DEA, herbal fragrance 41.423, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose 2910, citrics acid nhydrous, guarhydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, patent blue V (E 131), propylhydroxybenzoate (E 216), methylhydroxybenzoate (E 218), water.
Contains parahydroxybenzoates which may cause allergic reactions, which could be delayed.
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