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Medications for Seborrheic Dermatitis

What is 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.

Medications 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, Xolegel, Extina, Ketodan, Kuric

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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

 
clobetasol Off Label C N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: clobetasol topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Off Label: Yes

 
ciclopirox B N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: ciclopirox topical

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

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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

 
hydrocortisone C N Add review
6.0

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Brand names:  Locoid, Cortaid, Westcort, Locoid Lipocream, Ala-Scalp HP, Hytone, Ala-Cort, Ala-Scalp, 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

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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, Selenos, Dandrex, SelRx, Selseb, Selsun Blue Medicated, Tersi Foam

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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, side effects

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

 
sulfacetamide sodium / sulfur C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / sulfur topical

Brand names:  Sumadan, Avar, Avar LS Cleanser, Clarifoam EF, Plexion, Plexion Cleansing Cloths, Avar-E, Avar-E Green, Avar-E LS, Avar Cleanser, Avar LS, BP 10-Wash, Cerisa Wash, Clenia Emollient Cream, Garimide, Plexion Cleanser, 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

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
sulfacetamide sodium C N 1 review
10

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium topical

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

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
dexamethasone C N Add review Rate

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, Baycadron, De-Sone LA, Dexacen-4, Dexasone, Dexasone LA, Dexpak Taperpak, Solurex, Solurex LA, Zema Pak

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
pyrithione zinc N N 1 review
10

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

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

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
coal tar C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: coal tar topical

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

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
hydrocortisone / salicylic acid / sulfur C N Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrocortisone / salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Brand names:  Coraz, Scalacort DK

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
coal tar / salicylic acid N N Add review Rate

Generic name: coal tar / salicylic acid topical

Brand names:  X-Seb T Pearl, X-Seb T Plus

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
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

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
ketoconazole / pyrithione zinc C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole / pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: side effects

 
resorcinol N N Add review Rate

Generic name: resorcinol topical

Brand names:  R A Acne, Resinol

Drug class: topical antipsoriatics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
sulfacetamide sodium / urea C N Add review Rate

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / urea topical

Brand names:  Carmol Scalp, Carmol Scalp Treatment Kit, Rosula NS

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 

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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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