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What is Selenium Sulfide used for?

Selenium sulfide is a topical suspension (for the skin) used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis (scalp infection), and tinea versicolor (discoloration of the skin). This antifungal suspension belongs to a class of medications called anti-infectives. It prevents the growth of fungus on your skin. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Selenium Sulfide?

The dosage of Selenium Sulfide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Selenium Sulfide?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Selenium Sulfide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra medicine to catch up the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Selenium Sulfide?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Selenium Sulfide, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Selenium Sulfide?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Selenium Sulfide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Selenium Sulfide?

Like other medicines, Selenium Sulfide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Selenium Sulfide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Selenium Sulfide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Selenium Sulfide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Selenium Sulfide can cause side effects such as temporary hair loss, dry skin, oily scalp, and skin irritation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are applying Selenium Sulfide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Selenium Sulfide?

Is it possible for me to use Selenium Sulfide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Selenium Sulfide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Selenium Sulfide?
How will Selenium Sulfide work in my body?
How should Selenium Sulfide be used?
How to reduce the risk of Selenium Sulfide drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Selenium Sulfide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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