Skip to Content

Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid

Generic Name: Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid (sal i SIL ik AS id & LAK tik AS id)

Uses of Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid:

  • It is used to get rid of calluses, corns, and warts.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid?

  • If you are allergic to salicylic acid and lactic acid; any part of salicylic acid and lactic acid; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: High blood sugar (diabetes) or poor blood flow.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with salicylic acid and lactic acid.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take salicylic acid and lactic acid with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take salicylic acid and lactic acid. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
  • This medicine may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • This medicine does not stop the spread of warts to others. Talk with the doctor about how to prevent the spread of warts to others.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 2 years of age.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using salicylic acid and lactic acid while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid) best taken?

Use salicylic acid and lactic acid as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take salicylic acid and lactic acid by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • If you get salicylic acid and lactic acid in the eyes, flush right away with cool water and get medical help.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Before putting salicylic acid and lactic acid on, take off the white film left on the treated skin from where it was put on the day before.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • You may soak the affected part for 5 minutes.
  • Put on affected skin and let dry.
  • Avoid putting on healthy skin.
  • Do not put on the face, underarms, or the groin area unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Do not use salicylic acid and lactic acid on birthmarks, moles, or warts with hair growth; or cervical, genital, or oral warts.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Peeling.
  • Scaling.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.