Salicylic Acid

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Bensal HP; Betasal [OTC]; Clear Away 1-Step Wart Remover [OTC]; Corn Remover One Step [OTC]; Corn Remover Ultra Thin [OTC]; DHS Sal [OTC] [DSC]; Exuviance Blemish Treatment [OTC]; Gordofilm; Hydrisalic [OTC] [DSC]; Ionil [OTC]; Keralyt; Keralyt Scalp; Keralyt [OTC]; Mediplast [OTC]; Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash [OTC]; One Step Callus Remover [OTC]; P & S [OTC]; Psoriasin [OTC]; Sal-Plant [OTC]; SalAc [OTC]; Salactic Film [OTC]; Salacyn; Salex; Salicylic Acid Wart Remover; Salisol; Salisol Forte; Salitech; Salkera [DSC]; Salvax; Scalpicin 2 in 1 [OTC]; Scholls Callus Removers [OTC] [DSC]; Scholls Corn Removers Extra [OTC] [DSC]; Scholls Corn Removers Small [OTC] [DSC]; Scholls Corn Removers [OTC] [DSC]; Sebasorb [OTC] [DSC]; Stri-Dex Maximum Strength [OTC]; Stri-Dex Sensitive Skin [OTC]; Stridex Essential [OTC]; UltraSal-ER; Virasal

Brand Names: Canada

Duofilm; Duoforte 27; Occlusal-HP; Sebcur; Soluver; Soluver Plus; Trans-Plantar; Trans-Ver-Sal

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat pimples (acne).
  • It is used to treat dandruff.
  • It is used to get rid of calluses, corns, and warts.
  • It is used to treat psoriasis.
  • It is used to control seborrheic dermatitis.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to salicylic acid or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: High blood sugar (diabetes) or poor blood flow.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause very bad and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or very bad irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use this drug as you were told by the doctor or read the package label. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
  • Use care when putting on a large part of the skin or where there are open wounds. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not put on irritated skin.
  • Do not use this drug on birthmarks, moles, or warts with hair growth; or cervical, genital, or oral warts.
  • If you use this drug too often, your skin problem may become worse.
  • Use of other skin products while using this drug may cause more irritation.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Do not give to children and teenagers who have or are getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections due to the chance of Reye’s syndrome. Reye’s syndrome causes very bad problems to the brain and liver.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 2 years of age.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Mood changes.
  • Fast breathing.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Very bad dizziness.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Peeling.
  • Scaling.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not breathe in the vapors.
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Avoid putting on healthy skin.

Pimples (acne):

Cream, gel, liquid, or lotion:

  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.

Pad:

  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Use pad to put on a thin layer of salicylic acid to affected part.
  • Do not leave pad on skin.

Bar:

  • Wet with water before use.
  • Put on affected part, lather, and rub in gently.
  • Rinse treated part with water and pat dry.

Creme, cloth, foam, or liquid cleanser:

  • Use on clean affected skin 1 or 2 times each day or as you have been told by the doctor.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and work into a lather and rinse.
  • Wet cloth with water before use.

Shower/bath gels or soap:

  • Use to clean every day in the shower or bath.
  • Work into a lather and rinse.

Patch:

  • Wash affected skin and pat dry.
  • Let skin dry for 5 minutes before putting on patch.
  • Trim patch to cover the affected skin.
  • Put patch on the affected skin before bedtime.
  • Take off patch in the morning.

Callus, corns, or warts:

  • Wash affected skin and pat dry.
  • You may soak the affected part for 5 minutes.
  • You may cover with a thin dressing if told to do so by the doctor.
  • Some products may be left in place overnight.

Gel and liquid:

  • Put on affected skin and let dry.

Cream, lotion:

  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.

Foam:

  • Prime pump before first use.
  • Shake foam well before use.
  • Put foam on affected part and rub in gently.
  • Some products may be left in place overnight.

Foam in ammonium lactate:

  • Prime pump before first use.
  • Use at bedtime.
  • Shake foam well before use.
  • Soak the area for at least 5 minutes before use.
  • Put foam on affected part and rub in gently.
  • Rinse off in the morning.
  • The treated part may be covered with a dressing.

Dandruff, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis:

  • To use on the scalp, part your hair. Put drug on the affected skin. Rub in gently and let it dry. You may wash your hair as normal.
  • Some products may be left in place overnight.

Gel and liquid:

  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.

Cream, ointment:

  • Put on clean, dry skin.
  • Put on up to 4 times a day or as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Do not put ointment on the face or scalp.

Shampoo:

  • Wet hair and scalp.
  • Lather well and leave on as you have been told.
  • Rinse and put on again.
  • Rinse fully.

Shampoo with gel kit:

  • To use as a shampoo, wet hair and scalp. Lather well and leave on as you have been told. Rinse fully.
  • To use shampoo on the scalp, do not wet hair. Put on affected areas using the applicator. Leave on as you have been told. Rinse fully with water. If wanted, you may shampoo the hair with a non-medicated shampoo.
  • To use gel on the scalp, put on affected areas using the applicator. Leave on as you have been told. Wash off with medicated shampoo or warm water.
  • To use gel on skin, use at bedtime. Soak the area for at least 5 minutes before using this drug. Put on a thin layer and rub in gently. Cover with a dressing as told. Wash off in the morning.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Foam:

  • Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.
  • Store upright with the cap on.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2016-11-01

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