Salicylic acid lotion
Generic Name: salicylic acid (SAL-i-SIL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Examples include Salacyn and Salitop
Salicylic acid lotion is used for:
Removing excess skin in certain conditions, including calluses, psoriasis, and warts. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Salicylic acid lotion 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 lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in salicylic acid lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using salicylic acid lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with salicylic acid lotion. 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 lotion. 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 lotion
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if salicylic acid lotion 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 lotion:
Use salicylic acid lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply salicylic acid lotion in the evening before bedtime unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- Wash the affected area with soap and water, then soak.
- Completely dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area and gently massage until the medicine is evenly distributed.
- Wash the medicine off in the morning. If excessive drying or irritation occurs, a mild cream or lotion may be applied.
- Talk with your doctor about whether you should cover or bandage the affected area. Follow your doctor's instructions.
- Use salicylic acid lotion on a regular schedule around the clock, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Be sure to wash your hands after each use unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- If you miss a dose of salicylic acid lotion, 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 lotion.
Important safety information:
- Salicylic acid lotion is for external use only. Avoid getting salicylic acid lotion 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 lotion.
- Be sure to apply salicylic acid lotion only to the affected area and not to normal healthy skin.
- Do not use any other medicines or drying products on your skin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
- Salicylic acid lotion may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken salicylic acid lotion by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Salicylic acid lotion may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using salicylic acid lotion.
- Salicylic acid lotion has a salicylate in it. Before you start taking or using any new medicine, check the label to see if it has aspirin or a salicylate (eg, sports injury creams) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Salicylic acid lotion contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not give salicylic acid lotion to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns
- Salicylic acid lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- Caution is advised when using salicylic acid lotion in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; 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 lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if salicylic acid lotion is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using salicylic acid lotion.
Possible side effects of salicylic acid lotion:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dry, peeling, red, or scaling skin.
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 lotion:
Store salicylic acid lotion 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 lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about salicylic acid lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Salicylic acid lotion 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 lotion 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 lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to salicylic acid lotion. 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 lotion.
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.