Children's Health and Wellness

Salicylic Acid Topical cream, Non-Steroidal Topical suspension, cleanser

What is this medicine?

SALICYCLIC ACID (SAL i SIL ik AS id) breaks down layers of thick skin. It is used to treat common and plantar warts, psoriasis, calluses, and corns. It is also used to treat or to prevent acne.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the label. Do not apply to raw or irritated skin. Avoid getting medicine in your eyes, lips, nose, mouth, or other sensitive areas. Use this medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine is not approved for use in children under 2 years old.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • skin irritation

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines that change urine pH like ammonium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and others

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • methotrexate

  • pyrazinamide

  • some medicines for diabetes

  • some medicines for gout

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • child with chickenpox, the flu, or other viral infection

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to salicylic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor is your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Use of this medicine in children under 12 years or in patients with kidney or liver disease may increase the risk of serious side effects. These patients should not use this medicine over large areas of skin. If you notice symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, unusual weakness or tiredness, fast or labored breathing, diarrhea, or confusion, stop using this medicine and contact your doctor or health care professional.

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