Salicylic Acid (sal-i-SIL-ik AS-id), Sulfur (SUL-fur)
Controls itching, irritation, or flaking of your scalp due to dandruff. Also treats acne and oily skin.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Ala-Seb Medicated, Scalacort DK, Sebex, Sebulex
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to salicylic acid or sulfur.
How to Use This Medicine
Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
- This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
- To use the shampoo: Shake the bottle well before use. Wet your hair and scalp thoroughly with lukewarm water. Work the shampoo into a lather and leave the lather on scalp for 5 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Wash your hair again and leave the shampoo on your scalp for another 5 minutes. Initially use daily, or every other day as directed by your doctor. Once symptoms are under control, use the shampoo once or twice a week, or as directed by your doctor.
- To use the skin cleansing lotion: After wetting the skin, apply this medicine with your fingertips or a wet sponge and rub in gently to work up a lather. Then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild skin rash.