selenium sulfide
selane, thioxo-, sulfide
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CAS Number: 7488-56-4Picture of molecule
Other: 12299-46-6
ECHA EINECS - REACH Pre-Reg: 231-303-8
MDL: MFCD00011227
Molecular Weight: 143.09000000
Formula: S2 Se
Category: antidandruff agents
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Physical Properties:
Appearance: orange powder (est)
Assay: 95.00 to 100.00 % 
Food Chemicals Codex Listed: No
Flash Point: 32.00 °F. TCC ( 0.00 °C. ) (est)
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Organoleptic Properties:
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Cosmetic Information:
CosIng: cosmetic data
Cosmetic Uses: antidandruff agents
hair conditioning
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Sigma-Aldrich: Aldrich
For experimental / research use only.
Selenium Sulfide
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GHS Classification in accordance with 29 CFR 1910 (OSHA HCS)
None found.
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Hazard statement(s)
None found.
Precautionary statement(s)
None found.
Oral/Parenteral Toxicity:
oral-rat LD50  138 mg/kg
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. Vol. 20, Pg. 89, 1971.

Dermal Toxicity:
Not determined
Inhalation Toxicity:
Not determined
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Safety in Use Information:
Category: antidandruff agents
Recommendation for selenium sulfide usage levels up to:
 not for fragrance use.
Recommendation for selenium sulfide flavor usage levels up to:
 not for flavor use.
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Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary : 24087
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WGK Germany: 3
Chemidplus: 0007488564
EPA/NOAA CAMEO: hazardous materials
RTECS: VS8925000 for cas# 7488-56-4
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Canada Domestic Sub. List: 7488-56-4
Pubchem (cid): 24087
Pubchem (sid): 134987406
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•grade: usp •seleen suspension liquid (topical) (merial ltd): selenium disulfide, 0.9% ww and 1% wv. •se s2 shampoo liquid (suspension) (topical ) (schering-plough animal health corp): selenium disulfide, 0.9% ww •dandrex liquid (suspension) (topical) (farnam companies, inc.): selenium disulfide, 0.9% ww and 1% wv •selenium sulfide is the active ingredient in several pharmaceutical & cosmetic products, including prescription drug for treatment of dandruff & non-prescription dandruff shampoo . •preparations: lotion shampoo, 1% and 2.5%. •a dandruff shampoo containing 1 percent selenium sulfide is available without prescription and is recommended for use once or twice a week. by prescription, a shampoo or lotion containing 2.5 percent selenium sulfide is available, with the recommended application limited to ten minutes for seven days to avoid the possibility of acute toxic effects. also, a 2.5 percent aqueous suspension of the chemical is approved for marketing by prescription for treatment of tinea versicolor fungal infection (fda communication). additionally, selenium sulfide is used topically in veterinary medicine for eczemas and dermatomycoses. selenium sulfide preparations route of exposure dosage form strength brand or generic name (manufacturer) topical lotion 1% selsun blue (chattem) topical lotion 1% selsun gold for women (chattem) topical lotion 2.5% selsun rx (chattem)
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Potential Blenders and core components note
None Found
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Potential Uses:
 antidandruff agents 
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Occurrence (nature, food, other): note
 not found in nature
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 selane, thioxo-, sulfide
 selenium disulfide
 selenium disulfide [UN2657] [Poison]
 selenium disulphide
 selenium sulfide (SeS2)
 sulfur selenide
 thioxoselane sulfide
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PubMed: Sequential solvent extraction for the modes of occurrence of selenium in coals of different ranks from the Huaibei Coalfield, China.
PubMed: Confluent and reticulated papillomatosis : a review of the literature.
PubMed: [Modern management of dandruff].
PubMed: Tinea versicolor mimicking pityriasis rubra pilaris.
PubMed: Selenium sulfide.
PubMed: A double-blind comparative study of sodium sulfacetamide lotion 10% versus selenium sulfide lotion 2.5% in the treatment of pityriasis (tinea) versicolor.
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PubMed: Selenium sulfide.
PubMed: Common hyperpigmentation disorders in adults: Part II. Melanoma, seborrheic keratoses, acanthosis nigricans, melasma, diabetic dermopathy, tinea versicolor, and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.
PubMed: Tinea capitis due to Trichophyton soudanense in Cincinnati, Ohio, in internationally adopted children from Liberia.
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PubMed: Management of seborrheic dermatitis and pityriasis versicolor.
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PubMed: Successful treatment of tinea capitis with 2% ketoconazole shampoo.
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PubMed: Efficacy of itraconazole in children with Trichophyton tonsurans tinea capitis.
PubMed: Green hair discoloration due to selenium sulfide.
PubMed: Treatment of tinea capitis.
PubMed: Topical antifungal agents: an update.
PubMed: Hyperpigmentation associated with selenium sulfide lotion.
PubMed: Diagnosis and treatment of tinea versicolor.
PubMed: Outbreak of Tinea capitis caused by Microsporum ferrugineum in Thailand.
PubMed: Genotoxicity evaluation of selenium sulfide in in vivo and in vivo/in vitro micronucleus and chromosome aberration assays.
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PubMed: Comparison of 1% and 2.5% selenium sulfide in the treatment of tinea capitis.
PubMed: A case report of the management of demodicosis in the golden hamster.
PubMed: Comparison of results from mouse bone marrow chromosome aberration and micronucleus tests.
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PubMed: Dose-response relationship for rat liver DNA damage caused by 49 rodent carcinogens.
PubMed: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ketoconazole 2% shampoo versus selenium sulfide 2.5% shampoo in the treatment of moderate to severe dandruff.
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PubMed: Lack of serum selenium rise after overnight application of selenium sulfide.
PubMed: Increased levels of S-adenosylmethionine in the livers of rats fed various forms of selenium.
PubMed: Superficial fungal infections of the skin. Diagnosis and current treatment recommendations.
PubMed: Itraconazole in tinea versicolor: a review.
PubMed: The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum and their efficacy as a shampoo in the treatment of experimental pityrosporosis in guinea pigs.
PubMed: Nail pigmentation resulting from selenium sulfide and copper.
PubMed: Volatilization of Selenium by Alternaria alternata.
PubMed: Measurement of unscheduled DNA synthesis and S-phase synthesis in rodent hepatocytes following in vivo treatment: testing of 24 compounds.
PubMed: The infected hairs of tinea capitis due to Microsporum canis: demonstration of uniqueness of the hair cuticle by scanning electron microscopy.
PubMed: Rapid response of transient acantholytic dermatosis to selenium sulfide treatment for pityriasis versicolor.
PubMed: Randomized comparative clinical trial of itraconazole and selenium sulfide shampoo for the treatment of pityriasis versicolor.
PubMed: Confluent and reticulated papillomatosis responsive to selenium sulfide.
PubMed: Confluent and reticulated papillomatosis of Gougerot and Carteaud: treatment with selenium sulfide lotion.
PubMed: Current treatment of cutaneous Pityrosporum and Candida-infections.
PubMed: Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged.
PubMed: Selenium sulfide in tinea versicolor: blood and urine levels.
PubMed: Double-blind efficacy study of selenium sulfide in tinea versicolor.
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PubMed: A comparison of miconazole nitrate and selenium disulfide as anti-dandruff agents.
PubMed: [Clinical experience with a shampoo containing a suspension of 1% selenium sulfide].
PubMed: Antifungal activity of dermatological shampoos.
PubMed: Selenium sulfide: adjunctive therapy for tinea capitis.
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PubMed: Bioassay of Selenium Sulfide (Gavage) for Possible Carcinogenicity (CAS No. 7446-34-6).
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PubMed: Role of microorganisms in dandruff.
PubMed: [Levels of selenium in urine after treatment of pityriasis versicolor with a 1.0% selenium sulfide].
PubMed: Selenium sulfide treatment of tinea flava in elementary school children.
PubMed: Safety evaluation of selenium sulfide antidandruff shampoos.
PubMed: [On the absorption and toxicity of selenium sulfide].
PubMed: Increased sebum secretion following selenium sulfide shampoos.
PubMed: Rapid treatment of tinea versicolor with selenium sulfide.
PubMed: [Selenium sulfide and its medicinal forms].
PubMed: [Selenium sulfide in the treatment of seborrhea].
PubMed: Selenium sulfide intoxication.
PubMed: Effect of selenium sulfide suspension on hair roots.
PubMed: [Use of selenium sulfide in the treatment of blepharitis].
PubMed: Observations on the use of selenium sulfide and hydrocortisone ointment.
PubMed: Selenium sulfide in treatment of pityriasis versicolor.
PubMed: [Use of selenium sulfide in blepharitis squamosa].
PubMed: Contact dermatitis from selenium sulfide shampoo.
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