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What is Salicylic Acid used for?

Salicylic Acid is a topical ointment used to treat psoriasis, acne, warts, corns, and other dry/scaly skin conditions. By increasing the amount of moisture in the skin, this medication helps shed dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Salicylic Acid?

The dosage of Salicylic Acid prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Apply a thin film of Salicylic Acid topical medicine onto the affected area.

What if you miss a dose of Salicylic Acid?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Salicylic Acid medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you miss a dose of Salicylic Acid?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Salicylic Acid, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Salicylic Acid?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Salicylic Acid.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Salicylic Acid, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Salicylic Acid can interact with anticoagulants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Salicylic Acid?

Like other medicines, Salicylic Acid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Salicylic Acid are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Salicylic Acid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Salicylic Acid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Salicylic Acid can cause side effects such as skin irritation, peeling, burning, and redness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Salicylic Acid.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Salicylic Acid?

Is it possible for me to apply Salicylic Acid with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Salicylic Acid?
What are the possible drug interactions of Salicylic Acid?
How will Salicylic Acid work in my body?
How should Salicylic Acid be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Salicylic Acid drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Salicylic Acid is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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