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Salicylic acid film-forming liquid

Generic Name: salicylic acid (SAL-i-SIL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Virasal

Salicylic acid film-forming liquid is used for:

Treating and removing common warts and plantar warts. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Salicylic acid film-forming liquid is a topical salicylate. It works by causing the skin to swell, soften, and then slough or peel in areas where it is applied.

Do NOT use salicylic acid film-forming liquid if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in salicylic acid film-forming liquid
  • you have diabetes or poor blood circulation

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using salicylic acid film-forming liquid:

Some medical conditions may interact with salicylic acid film-forming liquid. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib)
  • if you have liver or kidney problems, a skin infection, or skin irritation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with salicylic acid film-forming liquid. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants, (eg, heparin, warfarin), aspirin, methotrexate, or sulfonylureas (eg, glipizide) because the risk of side effects may be increased by salicylic acid film-forming liquid

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if salicylic acid film-forming liquid may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use salicylic acid film-forming liquid:

Use salicylic acid film-forming liquid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Soak the affected area in warm water for about 5 minutes. Remove any loosened skin by gently rubbing with a brush, washcloth, or emery board. Dry thoroughly. Using the brush applicator supplied with salicylic acid film-forming liquid, apply salicylic acid film-forming liquid to the entire wart surface. Be careful not to apply salicylic acid film-forming liquid to the surrounding skin. If your doctor directs you to apply salicylic acid film-forming liquid 2 times to the affected area, allow the first application to dry before applying the second application.
  • Unless your hands are being treated, be sure to wash your hands after each application.
  • If you miss a dose of salicylic acid film-forming liquid, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use salicylic acid film-forming liquid.

Important safety information:

  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid is for external use only. Avoid getting salicylic acid film-forming liquid in your eyes, nose, or mouth, or on the genitals. If contact with your eyes occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes. Do not inhale the vapors of salicylic acid film-forming liquid.
  • Do NOT use salicylic acid film-forming liquid longer or more often than recommended by your doctor.
  • Visible improvement will normally occur during the first or second week of treatment with salicylic acid film-forming liquid. It may take 4 to 6 weeks before the wart is completely removed. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Be sure to apply salicylic acid film-forming liquid only to the affected area and not to normal, healthy skin.
  • Do not use salicylic acid film-forming liquid on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened.
  • Do not use salicylic acid film-forming liquid on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts growing hair.
  • Do not use any other medicines or drying products on your skin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid may interfere with certain lab test results. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using salicylic acid film-forming liquid.
  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid is extremely flammable. Do not store or use salicylic acid film-forming liquid near a fire or other open flame.
  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken salicylic acid film-forming liquid by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not use salicylic acid film-forming liquid on children or teenagers during or after chickenpox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Caution is advised when using salicylic acid film-forming liquid in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using salicylic acid film-forming liquid while you are pregnant. It is not known if salicylic acid film-forming liquid is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using salicylic acid film-forming liquid, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of salicylic acid film-forming liquid:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry, peeling, red, or scaling skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe skin irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include agitation; diarrhea; dizziness; loss of appetite; loss of hearing; mental disturbances; nausea; rapid or difficult breathing; ringing in the ears; seizures; sluggishness; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Proper storage of salicylic acid film-forming liquid:

Store salicylic acid film-forming liquid at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Keep the bottle tightly capped when not in use. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep salicylic acid film-forming liquid out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about salicylic acid film-forming liquid, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Salicylic acid film-forming liquid is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take salicylic acid film-forming liquid or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 salicylic acid film-forming liquid. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to salicylic acid film-forming liquid. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using salicylic acid film-forming liquid.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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