Selenium

  • TRADE NAMES: Bio-Active Selenium (Solaray); Exsel Shampoo; Head & Shoulders Shampoo (Procter & Gamble); Selenate; Selenite; selenium dioxide; selenium sulfide; selenocysteine; SelenoMax (Source Naturals); selenomethionine; Selsun Blue (Chattem); Selsun Shampoo (Chattem); Vpak51
  • INDICATIONS: Anticancer (stomach, colorectal, lung, prostate), arthritis, asthma, heart disease, HIV inhibitor; treatment of dandruff, fungal infections (tinea versicolor), and seborrhea
  • CLASS: Antioxidant, Trace element
  • HALF-LIFE: 12–41 hours; selenomethionine: 252 days, selenite: 102 days
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

Cholesterol-lowering drugs, Cisplatin, Clozapine, Dimercaprol, Eltrombopag, Niacin, Oral corticosteroids, Simvastatin

PREGNANCY CATEGORY: C

Selenium is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase. Inadequate concentrations of dietary selenium account, in part, for Keshan disease (a fatal cardiomyopathy).

Paradise nuts (Lecythis ollaria) are a natural selenium source.

Our database has 24 adverse reactions for this drug across the following areas

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SKIN.
HAIR.
NAILS.
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
ENDOCRINE/METABOLIC.
GASTROINTESTINAL/HEPATIC.
GENITOURINARY.
NEUROMUSCULAR/SKELETAL.
OTHER.


Page last updated 08/02/2021

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric
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