What is Selenium?

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Selenium is one of many antioxidants-substances that attack destructive cells in the body, an essential trace mineral, and a micronutrient. Selenium is used for the treatment of premature aging, cardiac-vascular disease, sexual dysfunction, menopausal problems and skin disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 72 12
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 37 9
Support immune health 29 9
Multiple sclerosis 17 2
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 5 0
Hair loss 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
2
Mild
0
None
34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Selenium

Side effect Patients
Hair loss 2
Brittle nails 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Selenium

Dosage Patients
200 mcg daily 21
400 mcg daily 3
4 drop(s) daily 1
10 mg daily 1
200 mcg weekly 1
40 mcg daily 1
150 mcg daily 1
100 mcg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Selenium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 18
Other 18
Personal research 8
Expense 6
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Selenium

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Selenium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 23
Not specified 13
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5 patient evaluations for Selenium

Jul 7, 2017 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Important for DNA production and protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals and infection. Helps to keep Glutathione and detoxes the body
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 5, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Mar 14, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: During amalgam filling removal

  • 0 helpful marks
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