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Medications for Seborrheic Dermatitis

About Seborrheic Dermatitis:  Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by loose, greasy or dry, white to yellowish scales, with or without associated reddened skin. Cradle cap is the term used when seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp of infants.

Drugs Used to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
ketoconazole C N 14 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Brand names:  Nizoral Topical, Nizoral A-D, Extina, Xolegel, Ketodan, Kuric …show all

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Nizoral Topical C N 1 review
10

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

clobetasol Off Label C N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: clobetasol topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Loprox B N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: ciclopirox topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ciclopirox B N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: ciclopirox topical

Brand names:  Loprox, Ciclodan, Loprox TS, CNL8 Nail, Pedipirox-4 …show all

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage,

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hydrocortisone C N Add review
6.0

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Brand names:  Cortaid, Locoid, Westcort, Hytone, Locoid Lipocream, Ala-Cort, Ala-Scalp, Ala-Scalp HP, Aquanil HC, Beta HC, Bioelements Immediate Comfort, Caldecort, Cetacort, Corticaine, Cortizone-5, Cotacort, Dermarest Plus Anti-Itch, Dermasorb HC, Dermtex HC, Gly-Cort, Instacort, Itch-X Lotion, Keratol HC, Lacticare-HC, NuCort, Nutracort, Pandel, Pediaderm HC, Recort Plus, Sarnol-HC, Scalacort, Scalp-Cort, Texacort, U-Cort …show all

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

selenium sulfide C N 1 review
10

Generic name: selenium sulfide topical

Brand names:  Selsun Blue, Dandrex, Selenos, SelRx, Selseb, Selsun Blue Medicated, Tersi Foam …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

prednisone C N Add review
6.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Selsun Blue C N Add review Rate

Generic name: selenium sulfide topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

sulfacetamide sodium / sulfur C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / sulfur topical

Brand names:  Avar, Avar LS Cleanser, Clarifoam EF, Plexion, Sumadan, Avar-E, Avar-E Green, Avar-E LS, Avar Cleanser, Avar LS, BP 10-Wash, Cerisa Wash, Clenia Emollient Cream, Garimide, Plexion Cleanser, Plexion Cleansing Cloths, Plexion SCT, Plexion TS, Prascion Cleanser, Prascion FC Cloths, Prascion RA, Rosac, Rosaderm Cleanser, Rosanil Cleanser, Rosula, Rosula Cleanser, SE 10-5 SS, SSS 10-4, SSS 10-5, Sulfacleanse 8 / 4, Sulfatol, Sulfatol C, Sulfatol SS, Sumaxin, Sumaxin Cleansing Pads, Sumaxin TS, Suphera, Topisulf, Virti-Sulf, Zencia Wash …show all

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Decadron C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

dexamethasone C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, De-Sone LA, Dexpak Taperpak …show all

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Nizoral A-D C N 1 review
4.0

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

pyrithione zinc N N 1 review
10

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Brand names:  DermaZinc Shampoo, Head & Shoulders, Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control, Beta Med, Dermazinc, DHS Zinc, Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp, Neutrogena T / Gel Daily Control, Selsun Blue Itchy Dry Scalp, Theraplex Z, Zincon, ZNP Bar …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers:

sulfacetamide sodium C N 1 review
10

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium topical

Brand names:  Klaron, Ovace, Mexar, Ovace Plus, Seb-Prev, Sebizon …show all

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Dexamethasone Intensol C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

coal tar C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: coal tar topical

Brand names:  Neutrogena T / Gel, Psoriasin, Balnetar, Betatar Gel, Cutar, Denorex Therapeutic Protection, DHS Tar Shampoo, Doak Tar, Elta Tar, Estar, Fototar, Ionil T, Ionil T Plus, Medotar, MG217 Medicated Tar, Neutrogena T / Derm, Oxipor VHC, Psorigel, Scytera, Tarsum, Tegrin Medicated, Theraplex T …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions,

Cortaid C N Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Extina C N 1 review
10

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

fluocinolone C N 1 review
10

Generic name: fluocinolone topical

Brand names:  Derma-Smoothe / FS (Scalp), Capex, Derma-Smoothe / FS, Derma-Smoothe / FS (Body Oil), Flurosyn, Synalar, Synalar Ointment …show all

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Locoid C N Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Xolegel C N 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Westcort C N Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

De-Sone LA C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Dexpak Taperpak C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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