(1997; 132 pages) [French] [Spanish]
Detergent-based suspension, 2.5%
Selenium sulfide is an anti-infective agent with antibacterial and mild anti-fungal activity.
Treatment of pityriasis (tinea) versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Dosage and administration
All doses are suitable for adults and children over 2 years.
A thin coating of undiluted suspension should be applied at bedtime to the trunk, groin, upper limbs and axillae and rinsed off after 5-15 minutes. Treatment should be repeated after 3 and 6 days.
5-10 ml of the suspension is massaged into the wet scalp and left for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off. Treatment should be repeated twice weekly for 2 weeks.
• Known hypersensitivity to selenium sulfide.
• Age under 2 years.
Treatment should be discontinued if cutaneous sensitization occurs.
Selenium sulfide suspension should not be applied to damaged skin because of the risk of systemic toxicity. Contact with the eyes should also be avoided.
Use in pregnancy
Safe use in pregnancy has not been established. Treatment is best deferred until after delivery.
Prolonged contact with the skin may cause local irritation.
Topical application to damaged skin can cause systemic toxicity, characterized by tremors, weakness, lethargy, pain in the lower abdomen and occasional vomiting. These symptoms usually resolve within 10 days of discontinuing treatment.
Selenium sulfide suspension should be stored in tightly closed containers in a cool place.