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Alphosyl 2 In 1 Shampoo

Alphosyl 2 In 1 Shampoo (250ml)

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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.

Alphosyl Information

  • Age: 2 years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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 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.

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 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.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Dry Scalp?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Alphosyl used for?

    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.

  • How should I use Alphosyl?

    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.

  • When should Alphosyl not be used?

    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.

  • Is it safe to use Alphosyl while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    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.

  • What precautions should I take before using Alphosyl?

    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.

Authored By:

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Published on: 20-09-2016

Last modified on: 14-10-2020


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

Reviewed By:

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Steve Stoddart

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 14-10-2020

Next review date: 14-10-2022


Steve is an expert clinical pharmacist that has recently added prescribing to his repertoire.


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