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Salicylic acid gel

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

Salicylic acid gel is used for:

Treating scalp itching, flaking, irritation, redness, and scaling due to psoriasis, dandruff, or seborrhea. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Salicylic acid gel 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 gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in salicylic acid gel

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

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Before using salicylic acid gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with salicylic acid gel. 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, skin irritation, diabetes, or poor blood circulation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with salicylic acid gel. 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 their side effects may be increased by salicylic acid gel

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if salicylic acid gel 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 gel:

Use salicylic acid gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the areas to be treated. Apply a thin layer of salicylic acid gel to cover the entire affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. If necessary, part the hair when applying so that the medicine reaches the skin. Be sure to wash your hands after each use.
  • If you miss a dose of salicylic acid gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. 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 gel.

Important safety information:

  • Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use salicylic acid gel as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Salicylic acid gel is for external use only. Do not get 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 gel.
  • If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before use if you have a condition that covers a large area of the body.
  • Be sure to apply salicylic acid gel only to the affected area and not to normal healthy skin.
  • Do not use salicylic acid gel on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened.
  • Do not use salicylic acid gel on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts that are growing hair.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Salicylic acid gel may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using salicylic acid gel.
  • Salicylic acid gel is extremely flammable. Do not store or use salicylic acid gel near a fire or other open flame.
  • Salicylic acid gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Salicylic acid gel has salicylate in it, which has been linked to a serious illness called Reye syndrome. Do not give salicylic acid gel to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns.
  • Caution is advised when using salicylic acid gel in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor right away. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using salicylic acid gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if salicylic acid gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use salicylic acid gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of salicylic acid gel:

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 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 gel:

Store salicylic acid gel at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep salicylic acid gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about salicylic acid gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Salicylic acid gel 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 gel 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 gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to salicylic acid gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using salicylic acid gel.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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