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Selenium sulfide

Generic Name: selenium sulfide topical (se LEE nee um SUL fide TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Dandrex, SelRx, Selsun Blue Balanced Treatment, Tersi Foam, ...show all 15 brand names
Physician reviewed selenium sulfide topical patient information - includes selenium sulfide topical description, dosage and directions.
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Drug Information:
Selenium sulfide is an antifungal medication. It prevents fungus from growing on your skin. Selenium sulfide topical (for the skin) is used to treat dandruff, seborrhea, and tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin). Selenium sulfide topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use selenium sulfide topical if you are allergic to selenium sulfide. Learn more

Selenium sulfide Side Effects

Selenium sulfide topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to selenium sulfide topical: topical foam, topical lotion, topical shampoo

Along with its needed effects, selenium sulfide topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking selenium sulfide topical:

Less common or rare

  • Skin irritation

Some side effects of selenium sulfide topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Unusual dryness or oiliness of hair or scalp

Less common

  • Increase in normal hair loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to selenium sulfide topical: compounding powder, topical foam, topical lotion, topical shampoo


Dermatologic side effects including skin irritation, increased hair loss, and discoloration of hair have been reported.

Discoloration of hair can be avoided or minimized by thoroughly rinsing hair after treatment.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Selenium Sulfide