Generic Name(s): Selenium Sulfide
Drug Class: Miscellaneous topical agents
Treats: Tinea versicolor,seborrheic dermatitis
Exsel is an antifungal medication which is also known as Selenium Sulfide Topical. Exsel prevents the fungus from growing on your skin. Exsel is used for treating dandruff, seborrhea and also a fungus that discolors the skin which is known as tinea versicolor. You should not use Exsel if you are allergic to it or to any ingredients in it.
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As an antifungal medication, Exsel is used for preventing the fungus from growing on your skin. Exsel is also known as Selenium Sulfide topical, and it is used for treating dandruff.
Exsel is also used for treating seborrhea and also a fungus that discolors your skin which is known as tinea versicolour. Exsel is classified under a group of drugs that are known as miscellaneous topical agents and should only be used on your skin.
Exsel may be used for other purposes that are not listed above, but it is important to know that it is only a doctor who can determine that.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Tinea Versicolor
You should always be keen on following the instructions that are given to you by the doctor at the time of the prescription of Exsel. If you are not sure of the dosage and the schedule, confirm the dosage information that is given on the label and the leaflet of the package.
If there is a case of an overdose, contact the doctor immediately. If you happen to miss a dose of Exsel, make sure you take it as soon as you remember, but if it is almost time for the next dose you can skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule.
- The adult dose for Seborrheic Dermatitis is twice weekly until the symptoms are controlled.
- For tinea versicolor, apply on the affected area twice daily.
Exsel Side Effects
Exsel has side effects just like any other drug. Some of these side effects may be severe and may require a doctor's attention while others are just mild and fade away as you get used to the medication. These side effects may sometimes depend on the age, weight of the patient or even the severity of the condition.
Contact a doctor immediately if any of these severe side effects occur to you while you are using Exsel. Note that this is not a complete list of all the side effects:
- skin irritation
- increase in normal hair loss
- unusual dryness or oiliness of hair or scalp
Serious and sometimes life-threatening drug interactions may occur if drugs that do not interact are combined. To avoid this, notify the doctor if there are other non-prescription or prescription drugs you are taking prior to the prescription of Exsel. Alternatively, seek your doctor's advise on the possible over the counter drugs or home remedies that can interact with Exsel. Note that this is not a complete list of all the interactions:
- Vitamin B12
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin D