Selenium sulfide

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Dandruff, Seborrhoeic dermatitis
Adult: As 2.5% shampoo or lotion: Massage into wet scalp, leave for 2-3 min then rinse thoroughly. Use twice weekly for 2 weeks, may repeat at less frequent intervals subsequently. As 1% shampoo or lotion: Apply 1-2 times weekly.
Child: 5-14 yr Same as adult dose.

Tinea versicolor
Adult: As 2.5% lotion: Apply to affected areas, lather w/ a small amount of water and leave on skin for 10 min, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat procedure once daily for 7 days.
Hypersensitivity. Broken or severely inflamed skin.
Special Precautions
Childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Skin irritation, esp in the genital areas and skin folds; oily scalp, hair discouloration, hair loss.
Patient Counseling Information
Remove gold, silver and other metallic jewellery prior to use. Avoid use of shampoo w/in 48 hr of applying hair dye, straightening or waving preparations.
Description: Selenium sulfide has antifungal and antiseborrhoeic properties. It is active against Pityrosporum ovale, a yeast-like fungus that is part of the normal flora of the scalp. It also has a cytostatic effect on cells of the epidermis and follicular epithelium, thus reducing corneocyte production.
Chemical Structure

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Selenium sulfide

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Selenium sulfide, CID=24011, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Psoriasis, Seborrhea & Ichthyosis Preparations
ATC Classification
D01AE13 - selenium sulfide ; Belongs to the class of other antifungals for topical use.
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