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Selsun

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
Selsun Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 1/4/2016

Selsun (selenium) is a topical (for the skin) antifungal medication used to treat dandruff, seborrhea, and tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin). Selsun is available in generic form. Common side effects of Selsun include skin irritation, dry skin, oily or dry hair/scalp, or temporary hair loss.

To treat tinea versicolor: Apply the dose of Selsun to affected areas and lather with a small amount of water. Allow product to remain on skin for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat procedure once a day for 7 days. To treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff: Usually two applications each week for two weeks will afford control. After this, may be used at less frequent intervals weekly, every two weeks, or every 3 or 4 weeks in some cases. Avoid using other topical medications at the same time you apply Selsun topical, unless your doctor approves. Other skin medications may affect the absorption or effectiveness of Selsun topical. Tell your doctor all medications you use. If you are using Selsun on the body for tinea versicolor, this medication should be used during pregnancy only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Though there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Selsun (selenium) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Selsun Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using selenium sulfide and call your doctor if you have unusual or severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of treated skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Selsun (Selenium)

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Selsun Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

In decreasing order of severity: skin irritation; occasional reports of increase in normal hair loss; discoloration of hair (can be avoided or minimized by thorough rinsing of hair after treatment). As with other shampoos, oiliness or dryness of hair and scalp may occur.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Selsun (Selenium)

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© Selsun Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Selsun Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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