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Generic Name: salicylic acid (sal-ih-SILL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Salex
Salex 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.
Salex 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 Salex lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Salex lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Salex lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with Salex 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 Salex 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 side effects may be increased by Salex lotion
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Salex 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 Salex lotion:
Use Salex lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply Salex lotion in the evening unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- Soak the affected area in warm water for about 5 minutes. Remove any loose skin with a brush, washcloth, or emery board.
- 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.
- Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, cover the area with a small adhesive bandage or dressing. Unless your hands are being treated, be sure to wash your hands after each use.
- Talk with your doctor if you are not able to cover the affected area (eg, if it is hard to wrap).
- If you miss a dose of Salex 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 Salex lotion.
Important safety information:
- Salex lotion is for external use only. Avoid getting Salex 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 Salex lotion.
- Do not use Salex lotion 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 Salex lotion only to the affected area and not to normal healthy skin.
- Do not use Salex lotion on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened.
- Do not use Salex lotion 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.
- Salex lotion may interfere with certain lab test results. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Salex lotion.
- Salex lotion is extremely flammable. Do not store or use Salex lotion near a fire or other open flame.
- Salex lotion may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Salex lotion by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Salex lotion contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not use Salex lotion on children or teenagers during or after chickenpox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Use of Salex lotion is not recommended in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and efficacy in this age group have not been confirmed.
- Caution is advised when using Salex lotion in CHILDREN younger than 12 years of age because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Salex lotion during pregnancy. It is unknown if Salex lotion is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using Salex lotion.
Possible side effects of Salex 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 Salex lotion:
Store Salex 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 Salex lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Salex lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Salex 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.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Salex lotion. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.