Selenium Sulfide

What is Selenium Sulfide

Selenium sulfide is a topical antiseborrheic and antifungal product. It is labeled for treatment of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, and tinea versicolor.

It has also been used in the treatment of psoriasis and as an adjunct to oral antifungals for tinea capitis therapy.

Selenium sulfide is available in a 2.5% prescription lotion formulation, a 2.25% prescription shampoo formulation, and as a 1% non-prescription shampoo.

The FDA approved the use of selenium sulfide in 1950.

Brand Name

  • Anti-Dandruff
  • Dandrex
  • Exsel
  • Selenos
  • SelRx
  • Selseb
  • Selsun
  • Selsun Blue
  • Tersi Foam

Indications

  • dandruff
  • Malassezia furfur
  • Malassezia sp.
  • Microsporum audouinii
  • Microsporum canis
  • Microsporum sp.
  • psoriasis
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • tinea capitis
  • tinea versicolor
  • Trichophyton schoenleinii
  • Trichophyton sp.
  • Trichophyton tonsurans

Side Effects

  • abdominal pain
  • alopecia
  • anorexia
  • conjunctivitis
  • contact dermatitis
  • hair discoloration
  • halitosis
  • metallic taste
  • nail discoloration
  • nausea
  • ocular irritation
  • skin irritation
  • tremor
  • vomiting

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary

Contraindications

  • accidental exposure
  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • infants
  • neonates
  • ocular exposure
  • pregnancy

Interactions

There are no drug interactions associated with Selenium Sulfide products.

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