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Treating scalp itching, flaking, irritation, redness, and scaling due to psoriasis, dandruff, or seborrhea. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Salicylic acid gel is a topical salicylate. It works by causing the skin to swell, soften, and then slough or peel in areas where it is applied.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with salicylic acid gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with salicylic acid gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if salicylic acid gel 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.
Use salicylic acid gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use salicylic acid gel.
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.
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 gel:
Store salicylic acid gel 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 gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take salicylic acid gel 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 gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to salicylic acid gel. 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 salicylic acid gel.
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.
It is possible that some side effects of salicylic acid topical may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
Applies to salicylic acid topical: topical cream, topical dressing, topical foam, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical paste, topical shampoo, topical soap, topical solution, topical stick
As well as its needed effects, salicylic acid topical may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking salicylic acid topical, check with your doctor immediately:Less common or rare
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking salicylic acid topical, get emergency help immediately:Symptoms of overdose
Some salicylic acid topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common
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