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P - Caution when used during pregnancy
L - Caution when used during lactation

Salicylic acid, a keratolytic drug, is prescribed for the treatment of warts, acne, corns and dandruff. The topical drug can cause shedding of the outer layer of the skin. 

Pharmacodynamics

Pharmacokinetics

Salicylic Aacid has a potent keratolytic action and a slight antiseptic action when applied topically. It softens and destroys the stratum corneum by increasing endogenous hydration which causes the horny layer of the skin to swell, soften, and then desquamate. At high concentrations, salicylic acid has a caustic effect. It also possesses weak antifungal and antibacterial activity.

Salicylic Acid Indications / Salicylic Acid Uses

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Salicylic Acid Adverse Reactions / Salicylic Acid Side Effects

Salicylic acid may cause allergic reactions with symptoms of swelling of lips, tongue, face with hives and urticaria.

Precautions

Salicylic acid is contraindicated in patients with diabetes, hepatic disorders, renal disorders and impaired circulation.

Special Precautions

Not for prolonged use in high concentrations and on large areas of the body. Impaired peripheral circulation or diabetes. Avoid broken skin, mouth, eyes, mucous membranes and anogenital region.

Other Drug Interactions

Do not use Salicylic acid topical on abrasive skin surface or with drying soaps, other skin cleansers including alcohol cleansers, abrasives, tinctures, other peeling agents and astringents.


 

Other Interactions

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Dosage

For Acne (Adults):
For children over 12 years of age, use 1% Salicylic acid topical pad onto the acne and cleanse the affected area. Apply two to three times a day. If dryness occurs, reduce the dose.
 
For Dermatological Disorders (Adults):
For the treatment of warts, apply enough to cover each wart with 16.7% of Salicylic acid topical solution, one to two times daily.
As a 3% topical soap formulation, apply onto the affected area twice weekly. Leave the soap lather at least two minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
As a 6% topical cream formulation, apply onto the affected area once daily. Hydrate the affected area before the application of cream at night. Wash off the cream in the morning.
As a 6% topical foam, apply onto the affected area once daily. Hydrate the affected area before the application of cream at night. Wash off the cream in the morning.
 
For Acne (Pediatrics):
For children over 12 years of age, use 1% Salicylic acid topical onto the acne and cleanse the affected area. Apply two to three times a day.


 

Food(before/after)

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List of Contraindications

Salicylic Acid and Pregnancy

USFDA pregnancy category C. May be or may not be harmful to an unborn baby. Consult your doctor if you are in gestation or plan to have a baby during Salicylic acid treatment.

Salicylic Acid and Lactation

It is not known whether Salicylic acid can pass through the breast milk or not. Nursing mothers should avoid breastfeeding while taking Salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid and Children

The dosage and duration should be as prescribed by a pediatrician

Salicylic Acid and Geriatic

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Salicylic Acid and Other Contraindications

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Storage

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Lab interference

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