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Selenium is used for the treatment of nutritional deficiencies and works by providing essential nutrients. Do not take this drug if you are allergic to it. It is advised to not use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This medicine is also used for the treatment of itching and flaking of the scalp associated with dandruff, to control scalp seborrheic dermatitis; treatment of tinea versicolor. Symptoms of Selenium overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Before using this medicine, inform your doctor if you are using any prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, or other herbal and dietary pills and supplements, or if you have any pre-existing diseases like chronic kidney disease, chronic kidney disease and skin cancer.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Derma before using this medicine.

This drug is used to treat:

  • Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

  • Tinea Versicolor

Side effects that may occur are:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    The drug may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Please consult your doctor before using this drug during breastfeeding.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    It is yet to be determined.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The time of initiation of this drug effect is yet to be established.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Selenium as ingredient

The medicine once ingested is metabolised to selenophosphate and selenocysteine which are then converted to selenoproteins. Some of the most important selenoproteins are glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase which act as antioxidants and help eliminate free radicals from the body.

Ques: What is Selenium?

Ans: This drug is used for the treatment of nutritional deficiencies and works by providing essential nutrients.

Ques: How long do I need to use Selenium before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 1 week. Please consult your doctor for the time period you need to use this medication.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Selenium?

Ans: This medication is generally used once or twice a day. It is advised to consult your doctor before the usage, as the frequency also depends on the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Selenium empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Selenium?

Ans: It should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.

Ques: Can I take Selenium with calcium?

Ans: There are no known interactions of this drug with minerals such as calcium.

Ques: Can I take Selenium with statins?

Ans: There are no known interactions of selenium with statins. It is advised to follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

Ques: Can I take Selenium with warfarin?

Ans: There are no known interactions of this drug with warfarin. You must consult the doctor before using it.
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