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About ‘Scalp Cocktail’
I just skimmed over one of the archives and must have missed it
before, but could you let me know more about the scalp cocktail? Sounds
like a right concoction!! I
did go to the doctors in the end, but really was a waste of time. Thank
you loads. -Clare X
cocktail" was a recipe shared between my dermatologist and his
favorite compounding pharmacist (i.e., a pharmacist who combines
ingredients to come up with non-mass-marketed products).
I know that the formula contained both coal tar extract AND
salicylic acid in a gel-like base of some sort.
Neutrogena — the makers of T-Gel and T-Sal, two shampoos — it is
difficult-to-impossible to get the coal tar extract and salicylic acid to
co-exist. My compounding
pharmacist proved that wrong but admitted “it's damned hard to mix and
you have to waste a few batches on the way to getting one right.”
Since I started
using “scalp cocktail,” I heard there are a number of dermatologists
with the same or similar concoctions being compounded for their scalp-P
patients. I rather doubt the
name ‘scalp cocktail’ is used universally!
I haven't used the formula in many years now. I use T-Gel extra strength shampoo and, when my scalp P is active, I put it in my wet hair early in the morning and let it dry before I take my shower. Then I use Olux Foam (clobetasol propionate) applied after my shower. I do this because it does not require overnight occlusion. The scalp cocktail had to be applied at night and worn under a taped-down shower cap. If I happened to also be wearing food-handlers gloves and 8-gal garbage bags on my feet to occlude them as well, I looked like a lunatic. I was afraid the house would catch on fire and I'd have to run out into the street in this get up. The stress of such apprehensions caused my P to get worse. <wink> -Ed