SELENIUM SULFIDE - Watsons Health

SELENIUM SULFIDE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Selsun Blue

GENERIC NAME(S): SELENIUM SULFIDE

 

Description: Selenium sulfide is an anti-infective agent with antibacterial and antiseborrheic properties. It reduces itching, flaking, irritation, and redness of the scalp.

  • For treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dematitis
  • Also used for Tinea versicolor
  • Belongs to the anti-infectives class of drugs

How to use selenium sulfide topical

  • Always refer to your doctors instructions before taking this medication. Duration and dosage will be determined by your medical condition and its response to the medication. Make sure to take this medication in the prescribed amount and time period even after symptoms disappear. Discontinuing the medication before completion of treatment may cause incomplete treatment of condition. If Symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
  • For skin use only
  • For cases of dandruff or scalp dermatitis. Wet the scalp and massage the medication onto the wet scalp. Leave it on your scalp for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Check directions if a second application is needed. Apply one or two times a week.
  • For cases of tinea versicolor, apply medication to affected area, lather with a small amount of water and allow it to remain in the area for 10 minutes. Rinse after the specified time with water for a few minutes to prevent irritation. Usually applied once a day for 7 days.

Not available.

  • Minor side effects (if these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor)
    • Skin irritation, dry skin, oily or dry hair/scalp, or temporary hair loss
  • Severe allergic reactions are rare. Get immediate medical help if you notice the following:
    • Rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing

Precautions

  • Inform your doctor
    • Allergy to the medication or any allergies
    • Medical History of red/irritated/broken skin
  • Not recommended for children younger than 2 years. Consult your physician before using this medication.
  • Should only be used when there is a clear need during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. If you are planning to be pregnant or think you may be pregnant, discuss the risks and benefits of use with your doctor.

 

Interactions

Taking multiple drugs may affect how medications work and/or cause unwanted side effects. List down all the medications you are taking and inform your physician and pharmacist. Do not take, discontinue, or alter any dose of medications without prior approval of your physician.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and as soon as you remember, take a regular dose or if the time of the next dose is near, wait for it before taking another dose and resume your usual schedule. Do not increase the dose to compensate for the missed dose.

Storage

  • Room temperature
  • Do not expose to light and moisture
  • Do not store in the bathroom
  • Keep all medications away from pets and children

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