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  • Generic Name: (selenium sulfide)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Selenium sulfide lotion is a topical medicine (used directly on the skin) to treat seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your face and scalp) or dandruff. Selenium sulfide lotion may also be used to treat certain fungal infections of the skin.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Selenium sulfide lotion works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your condition. Selenium sulfide lotion is also thought to work by reducing the production of skin cells.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Selenium sulfide lotion may help clear or relieve certain skin conditions.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use selenium sulfide lotion exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in your condition once you begin using selenium sulfide lotion. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: skin irritation, increase in normal hair loss, discoloration of hair, oiliness or dryness of hair and scalp.

    • Who should not take this medication?

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

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

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

    • What is the usual dosage?

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

      Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dandruff

      Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) twice each week for 2 weeks. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

      Certain Fungal Skin Infections

      Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) once a day for 7 days, as directed by your healthcare provider.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use selenium sulfide lotion exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Shake well before using.

      Selenium sulfide lotion may damage jewelry. Remove jewelry being using.

      Selenium sulfide lotion may produce skin irritation especially in the genital area and skin folds. Rinse these areas thoroughly after application.

      If you are using selenium sulfide lotion for seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff, massage about 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of suspension into your wet scalp and allow it to remain for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse scalp thoroughly, repeat application, and rinse thoroughly again. After treatment, wash your hands well.

      If you are using selenium sulfide lotion for certain fungal skin infections, apply to the affected area(s) and lather with a small amount of water. Allow the lotion to remain on the skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get selenium sulfide lotion in your eyes.

      Do not use selenium sulfide lotion on broken skin or inflamed areas.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

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

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of selenium sulfide lotion, 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 this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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