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.

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GENERIC NAME: selenium sulfide, topical

BRAND NAME: Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, SelRx, Selsun Rx

DISCONTINUED BRAND(S): Exsel

PRESCRIPTION: Yes, No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

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

SIDE EFFECTS: 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

DOSING: For treating dandruff, 5-10 mL of shampoo or lotion should be massaged into wet scalp 2 times per week for 2 weeks then once every 1-2 weeks to control dandruff. The shampoo or lotion should be left on the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinsed off3 or 4 times with water. The application should be repeated.

Tinea versicolor should be treated by applying lotion or shampoo to the affected area, leaving it on the skin for 10 minutes and then washing it off with water. It should be applied every day for 7 days. The foam should be rubbed into the affected skin every 12 hours.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/13/2016

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