Selsun Blue Side Effects
Generic Name: selenium sulfide topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug selenium sulfide topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Selsun Blue.
For the Consumer
Applies to selenium sulfide topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical lotion, topical shampoo, topical suspension
As well as its needed effects, selenium sulfide topical (the active ingredient contained in Selsun Blue) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking selenium sulfide topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:Less common or rare:
- Skin irritation
Minor Side Effects
Some selenium sulfide topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common:
- Unusual dryness or oiliness of hair or scalp
- 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.[Ref]
Discoloration of hair can be avoided or minimized by thoroughly rinsing hair after treatment.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Selsun Blue Moisturizing Treatment (selenium sulfide topical)." Ross Product Division Pharmaceuticals, Columbus, OH.
2. "Product Information. Selseb (selenium sulfide topical)." Doak Dermatologics Division, Fairfield, NJ.
It is possible that some side effects of Selsun Blue may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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