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Salicylic acid patch

Generic Name: salicylic acid (sal-ih-SILL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Examples include Trans-ver-sal AdultPatch and Trans-ver-sal PediaPatch

Salicylic acid patch is used for:

Removing common warts. It may also be used for other skin conditions as determined by your doctor.

Salicylic acid patch 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 patch if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in salicylic acid patch
  • 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 patch:

Some medical conditions may interact with salicylic acid patch. 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 patch. 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 patch

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

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

  • Wash the affected area and dry thoroughly. Gently smooth the wart surface with the emery file supplied.
  • Peel patch from clear strip, leaving top plastic film in place. Trim patch to a size that will completely cover the wart but will not come into contact with surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Apply a drop of warm water to wart using a cotton-tipped applicator, keeping surrounding skin dry.
  • Apply patch at bedtime with the plastic film up, sticky bottom side to the wart. Secure patch in place with the tape provided.
  • Remove patch in the morning (after at least 8 hours) and throw away. Repeat every 24 hours or as directed by your doctor.
  • Wash hands after applying and removing salicylic acid patch.
  • If you miss a dose of salicylic acid patch, skip the missed dose and return 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 patch.

Important safety information:

  • Salicylic acid patch is for external use only. Avoid getting salicylic acid patch 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 patch.
  • Do not use salicylic acid patch longer or more often than recommended by your doctor or on the package label.
  • 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 patch only to the affected area and not to normal healthy skin.
  • Do not use salicylic acid patch on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened.
  • Do not use salicylic acid patch 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 patch may interfere with certain lab test results. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using salicylic acid patch.
  • Salicylic acid patch is extremely flammable. Do not store or use salicylic acid patch near a fire or other open flame.
  • Salicylic acid patch may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken salicylic acid patch by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Salicylic acid patch contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not use salicylic acid patch on children or teenagers during or after chickenpox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Visible improvement usually occurs during the first several days of treatment. Complete removal usually occurs after 3 to 12 weeks of treatment. If your condition does not improve or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
  • Caution is advised when using salicylic acid patch in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use of salicylic acid patch is not recommended in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age unless following a doctor's instructions.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using salicylic acid patch during pregnancy. It is unknown if salicylic acid patch is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using salicylic acid patch, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of salicylic acid patch:

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 patch:

Store salicylic acid patch at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep salicylic acid patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about salicylic acid patch, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Salicylic acid patch 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 patch 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 patch. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to salicylic acid patch. 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 patch.

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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