Selenium Sulfide

Description

Selenium Sulfide is an antifungal agent that comes as a lotion and is usually applied as a shampoo. As a shampoo, it is used to treat dandruff and relieve symptoms such as a scaly, itchy rash on the scalp, etc. associated with seborrheic dermatitis. It can be used topically on the skin to treat tinea versicolor, a common fungal infection that is characterized by small discolored patches on the skin.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Selenium Sulfide

  • Skin irritation
  • Hair color change
  • Oily skin or hair
  • Hair loss
  • Skin Rash
  • Burning or stinging sensation at application site

Uses of Selenium Sulfide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Dandruff
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Tinea Versicolor
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to selenium sulfide or selenium-containing products, or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

External use only

This medicine is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.

Use in children

This medicine should be used in children only upon a prescription from a doctor. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. In such a case, the child should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.

Missed Dose

If you forget to use this medicine, apply as per the directions next time you wash your affected area.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, the ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is meant for external use only. If the medicine is swallowed, seek immediate medical help. Follow all dosing instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not use this medicine for durations shorter or longer than recommended by your doctor. Report any severe undesired side effects or a lack of improvement to the doctor immediately.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine stops the growth of fungi.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Topical anti-infectives, Miscellaneous topical agents

Schedule

OTC

Selenium Sulfide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 17 December 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00971

Selenium Sulfide Topical Suspension USP, 2.5% (Lotion) [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 17 December 2019]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/fda/fdaDrugXsl.cfm?setid=28b84e3c-ae44-40bb-93c4-2625e19f7e61&type=display

Selenium Sulfide: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2019 [cited 17 December 2019]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682258.html

Selsun Shampoo 2.5% - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (emc) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2020 [cited 25 February 2020]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4323

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Information on this page was last updated on 25 Feb 2020

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