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Salvax foam

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

Salvax foam is used for:

Removing excess skin in certain conditions, including calluses, warts, or dry, scaly skin. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Salvax foam is a keratolytic. It works to loosen and shed hard, scaly skin.

Do NOT use Salvax foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Salvax foam

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

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Before using Salvax foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Salvax foam. 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 are taking aspirin or other salicylate medicines (eg, methyl salicylate)
  • if you have or have recently had a flu-like illness (eg, fever, chills, sore throat), chickenpox, or any other type of viral infection
  • if you are a child or teenager who has recently had an influenza vaccine (eg, flu shot)
  • if you have liver or kidney problems, a skin infection, skin irritation, diabetes, or poor blood circulation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Salvax foam. 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, tolbutamide) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Salvax foam

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

Use Salvax foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before using Salvax foam for the first time, you must prime the pump. To do this, shake vigorously; hold the can upright away from the face, then press down on the pump for 3 to 5 seconds or until the foam appears.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • For best results, soak the affected area with water for at least 5 minutes before you use Salvax foam.
  • To use a dose of Salvax foam, hold the can upright and dispense the medicine into the palm of the hand. Apply the medicine to the affected area and rub in completely. Cover the area with a bandage or dressing (if practical) unless your doctor has instructed you not to. Wipe off any excess foam from the pump after use.
  • Apply Salvax foam at bedtime and wash it off in the morning unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If excessive skin drying or irritation occurs, check with your doctor. You may be able to use a mild cream or skin lotion on the area.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Salvax foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Salvax foam, 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 Salvax foam.

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 Salvax foam as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Salvax foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Salvax foam in the eyes, rinse the eyes with water.
  • 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.
  • Apply Salvax foam only to the affected area. Do not apply Salvax foam to normal healthy skin or to skin that is reddened, irritated, or infected. Do not use Salvax foam on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts growing hair.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Salvax foam has a salicylate in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a salicylate in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Salvax foam may interfere with certain lab test results. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Salvax foam.
  • Salvax foam 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.
  • Salvax foam contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not give Salvax foam to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns.
  • Diabetes patients - Salvax foam may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Caution is advised when using Salvax foam in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Salvax foam should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Salvax foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Salvax foam is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using Salvax foam.

Possible side effects of Salvax foam:

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:

Mild burning or stinging at the application site.

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); diarrhea; dizziness; hearing loss or ringing in the ears; mood or mental changes; nausea; severe burning, peeling, redness, scaling, or stinging skin; unusual weakness or fatigue; vomiting.

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 Salvax foam:

Store Salvax foam at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store container upright. Do not freeze. Do not expose to temperatures greater than 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Salvax foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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