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Selenium sulfide shampoo is a topical medicine (used directly on the skin) to treat seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your scalp) or dandruff. Selenium sulfide shampoo may also be used to treat certain fungal infections of the skin.
How does this medication work?
Selenium sulfide shampoo works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your condition. Selenium sulfide shampoo 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 shampoo 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 shampoo 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 shampoo. 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.
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.
Do not use selenium sulfide shampoo if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with selenium sulfide shampoo. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.
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.
Use selenium sulfide shampoo 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.
If you are using selenium sulfide shampoo for certain fungal skin infections, apply to the affected area(s) and lather with a small amount of water. Allow the shampoo to remain on the skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Do not get selenium sulfide shampoo in your eyes, genital areas, or skin folds.
Do not use selenium sulfide shampoo on broken skin or inflamed areas.
No significant interactions have been reported with selenium sulfide shampoo at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of selenium sulfide shampoo during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of selenium sulfide shampoo, 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.
Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing.
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
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