selenium sulfide, Dandrex, Selsun Blue

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is selenium sulfide-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Selenium sulfide is a chemical agent commonly used for treating dandruff. It is an antifungal agent that also relieves itching, flaking, scaling, and dry skin on the scalp due to dandruff.

What brand names are available for selenium sulfide-topical?

Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, SelRx, Selsun Rx

Is selenium sulfide-topical available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for selenium sulfide-topical?

Yes, No

What are the uses for selenium sulfide-topical?

Selenium sulfide is used for treating dandruff, seborrhea, and tinea versicolor, a fungal infection of the skin.

What are the side effects of selenium sulfide-topical?

The common side effects of selenium sulfide are:

Other side effects of selenium sulfide include:

  • Scalp irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Tingling
  • Sweating
  • Burning
  • Garlic breath
  • Tremor

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/13/2016

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