Selenium Lotion

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Selenium Lotion

Generic Name: Selenium Lotion (se-LEE-nee-um)
Brand Name: Examples include Dandrex and Selsun Blue

Selenium Lotion is used for:

Treating dandruff and other conditions of the scalp and skin.

Selenium Lotion is a cytostatic agent. It works by reducing skin cell growth and inhibiting growth of organisms associated with chronic flaking and itching.

Do NOT use Selenium Lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Selenium Lotion

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Selenium Lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Selenium Lotion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Selenium Lotion. Because little, if any, of Selenium Lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Selenium Lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Selenium Lotion:

Use Selenium Lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before using.
  • Remove jewelry before using Selenium Lotion.
  • Do not use on broken or inflamed skin or scalp.
  • To use Selenium Lotion on the scalp - Massage 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of the medicine on the wet scalp. Leave on the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse scalp thoroughly. Wash hands well after treatment. If you are using Selenium Lotion before or after bleaching, tinting, or permanent waving of hair, rinse hair for at least 5 minutes in cool running water.
  • To use Selenium Lotion on the skin - Apply a sufficient amount to cover affected areas of the body. Lather well with a small amount of water. Leave the medicine on the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in the shower. Wash hands well after treatment.
  • If you miss a dose of Selenium Lotion, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Selenium Lotion.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not improve within 1 to 2 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use Selenium Lotion more often than recommended by your doctor.
  • Do not get Selenium Lotion in your eyes, or on the inside of your nose or mouth.
  • Do not use Selenium Lotion on broken or blistered skin.
  • Do not apply Selenium Lotion to the genital area. If you get Selenium Lotion on your genitals, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Selenium Lotion may damage jewelry. Remove jewelry before using Selenium Lotion.
  • Selenium Lotion is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Selenium Lotion during pregnancy. It is unknown if Selenium Lotion is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Selenium Lotion.

Possible side effects of Selenium Lotion:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Hair discoloration (minimized by thorough rinsing); increase in mild hair loss or thinning; oiliness or dryness of hair and scalp.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Selenium Lotion may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Selenium Lotion:

Store Selenium Lotion below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and light. Keep Selenium Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Selenium Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Selenium Lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Selenium Lotion. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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