NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Prescribing
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13 Skin

13.9 Shampoos and other preparations for scalp and hair conditions

13.9.1 Shampoo preparations

Preferred list
ALPHOSYL 2 IN 1

Prescribing Notes:

Contains alcoholic coal-tar extract 5%

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6090.htm

CAPASAL

Prescribing Notes:

Contains coal tar1%, coconut oil 1% and salicylic acid 0.5%

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6093.htm#_6093

DERMAX

Prescribing Notes:

For use in soborrhoeic scalp conditions like dermatitis. Contains benzalkonium chloride 0.5%

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/129944.htm#_129944

KETOCONAZOLE (2% shampoo)

Prescribing Notes:

Not for use in the treatment of psoriasis

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6103.htm#_6103

Total Formulary
T/Gel (shampoo)

Prescribing Notes:

Contains coal tar extract 2% (20mg in 1ml)

CEANEL CONCENTRATE

Prescribing Notes:

Contains cetrimide 10% and undecenoic acid 1%

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6095.htm#_6095

SELENIUM SULPHIDE (SELSUN)

Prescribing Notes:

Contains selenium sulphide 2.5%

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6109.htm#_6109

13.9.2 Scalp preparations

For corticosteroid scalp preparations, please refer to section 13.4

Preferred list
COAL TAR, SALICYLIC ACID AND SULPHUR (COCOIS) (scalp ointment)

Prescribing Notes:

For use in psoriasis.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/5949.htm

COAL TAR, SALICYLIC ACID AND SULPHUR (SEBCO) (scalp ointment)

Prescribing Notes:

For use in psoriasis

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/129546.htm#_129546

Total Formulary
salicylic acid in aquoeus cream 10%

Prescribing Notes:

This is not available as a licensed proprietary preparation, but is routinely available as a "special"

salicylic acid in aqueous cream 5%

Prescribing Notes:

This is not available as a licensed proprietary preparation, but is routinely available as a "special"

13.9.3 Hirsutism

Preferred list
CO-CYPRINDIOL

Prescribing Notes:

Brands include Dianette®. Contains a mixture of cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol in a 2000:35 part ratio. CSM advice (see BNF for full advice): Prescribers are reminded that the risk of venous thromboembolism is higher in women taking co-cyprindiol than those taking a low-dose combined oral contraceptive. It is licensed for severe acne and moderately severe hirsutism and should not be used solely for contraception though it is occasionally used as a contraceptive (unlicensed indication) when acne is present. It is contraindicated in those with a personal or close family history of venous thromboembolism.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/6044.htm

Total Formulary
EFLORNITHINE

Restrictions: Restricted for the treatment of facial hirsutism in women for whom alternative drug therapy is ineffective, contraindicated or considered inappropriate.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/129049.htm