Selenium Sulfide Topical

Generic Name: Selenium

  • What is Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Selenium sulfide is a topical lotion (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat fungal infections, such as tinea versicolor (long-term fungal infection of the skin). Also, selenium sulfide is used to treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your scalp).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Selenium sulfide is for external use only. Selenium sulfide can irritate your eyes. Do not use it in your eyes.

    Selenium sulfide can cause skin irritation when applied to your body, especially in the genital area or at skin folds. Rinse those areas with water and tell your doctor if irritation occurs after applying selenium sulfide.

  • Who should not take Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Do not use selenium sulfide if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use selenium sulfide if you have inflammation or oozing from your skin.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with selenium sulfide. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Adults: Apply two applications of the lotion to the scalp each week for two weeks. After this, apply this medication less frequently as prescribed by your doctor.

    Tinea versicolor

    Adults: Apply the lotion to the affected areas once a day for seven days.

  • How should I take Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Apply selenium sulfide as prescribed by your doctor. Shake selenium sulfide lotion well before using it.

    If you are using selenium sulfide for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, wet your scalp and massage the lotion into your scalp. Leave this on for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. Repeat application and rinse thoroughly with water.

    If you are using selenium sulfide for tinea versicolor, apply the lotion to the affected areas and make lather with a small amount of water. Leave this on for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

  • What should I avoid while taking Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Do not use selenium sulfide in your eyes.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    No significant interactions have been reported with selenium sulfide at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: change in hair color, dry hair and scalp, hair loss, oily hair and scalp, skin irritation

  • Can I receive Selenium Sulfide Topical if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of selenium sulfide during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    If you miss a dose of selenium sulfide, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Selenium Sulfide Topical?

    Store at room temperature.