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Salicylic acid

Generic Name: salicylic acid topical (SAL i SIL ik AS id TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Acnevir, Bensal HP, CeraVe SA Renewing, Compound W, DermalZone, Dermarest Psoriasis Skin Treatment, Dr Scholl's Clear Away Wart Remover, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers, Freezone Corn Remover, Keralyt, Mediplast, Salex, Scalpicin Scalp Relief, Stri-Dex, Wart Remover, ...show all 148 brand names
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Drug Information:
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. Salicylic acid topical (for the skin) is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts. There are many brands and forms of salicylic acid available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet. Salicylic acid topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Salicylic acid topical can cause a rare but serious allergic Reaction or severe skin irritation. Stop using salicylic acid topical and get emergency medical help if you have: hives, itching; difficult breathing, feeling light-headed; or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Learn more

Salicylic acid Side Effects

Salicylic acid topical Side Effects

Applies to salicylic acid topical: topical bandage, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical patch extended release, topical shampoo, topical soap, topical solution

Along with its needed effects, salicylic acid topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking salicylic acid topical:

Less common or rare

  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine (moderate or severe)

Incidence not known

  • Difficult breathing
  • dryness and peeling of skin
  • fainting
  • hives or itching
  • redness of the skin
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the throat
  • unusually warm skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking salicylic acid topical:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Confusion
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fast or deep breathing
  • headache (severe or continuing)
  • hearing loss
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • rapid breathing
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears (continuing)
  • severe drowsiness
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting

Some side effects of salicylic acid topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine (mild)
  • stinging

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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  • Salicylic Acid (Psoriasis or Seborrheic Dermatitis)
  • Salicylic Acid Cream and Lotion (Keratoses)
  • Salicylic Acid Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Lotion (Acne)
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Related treatment guides

  • Acne
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Warts

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Salicylic Acid (www.drugs.com/mtm/salicylic-acid-topical.html).