Salicylic Acid FoamGeneric Name:
Salicylic Acid (SAL-i-SIL-ik AS-id)Brand Name:
Salicylic Acid Foam is used for:
Removing excess skin in certain conditions, including calluses, warts, or dry, scaly skin. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Salicylic Acid Foam is a keratolytic. It works to loosen and shed hard, scaly skin.
Do NOT use Salicylic Acid Foam if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Salicylic Acid Foam
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Salicylic Acid Foam:
Some medical conditions may interact with Salicylic Acid Foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib)
- if you are taking aspirin or other salicylate medicines (eg, methyl salicylate)
- if you have or have recently had a flu-like illness (eg, fever, chills, sore throat), chickenpox, or any other type of viral infection
- if you are a child or teenager who has recently had an influenza vaccine (eg, flu shot)
- if you have liver or kidney problems, a skin infection, skin irritation, diabetes, or poor blood circulation
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Salicylic Acid Foam. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, heparin, warfarin), aspirin, methotrexate, or sulfonylureas (eg, tolbutamide) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Salicylic Acid Foam
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Salicylic Acid Foam 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.
How to use Salicylic Acid Foam:
Use Salicylic Acid Foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Before using Salicylic Acid Foam for the first time, you must prime the pump. To do this, shake vigorously; hold the can upright away from the face, then press down on the pump for 3 to 5 seconds or until the foam appears.
- Shake well before each use.
- For best results, soak the affected area with water for at least 5 minutes before you use Salicylic Acid Foam.
- To use a dose of Salicylic Acid Foam, hold the can upright and dispense the medicine into the palm of the hand. Apply the medicine to the affected area and rub in completely. Cover the area with a bandage or dressing (if practical) unless your doctor has instructed you not to. Wipe off any excess foam from the pump after use.
- Apply Salicylic Acid Foam at bedtime and wash it off in the morning unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If excessive skin drying or irritation occurs, check with your doctor. You may be able to use a mild cream or skin lotion on the area.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Salicylic Acid Foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- If you miss a dose of Salicylic Acid Foam, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Salicylic Acid Foam.
Important safety information:
- Salicylic Acid Foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Salicylic Acid Foam in the eyes, rinse the eyes with water.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Check with your doctor before use if you have a condition that covers a large area of the body.
- Apply Salicylic Acid Foam only to the affected area. Do not apply Salicylic Acid Foam to normal healthy skin or to skin that is reddened, irritated, or infected. Do not use Salicylic Acid Foam on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts growing hair.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Salicylic Acid Foam has a salicylate in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a salicylate in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Salicylic Acid Foam may interfere with certain lab test results. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Salicylic Acid Foam.
- Salicylic Acid Foam may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Salicylic Acid Foam contains a salicylate, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not give Salicylic Acid Foam to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns.
- Diabetes patients - Salicylic Acid Foam may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Caution is advised when using Salicylic Acid Foam in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Salicylic Acid Foam should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Salicylic Acid Foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Salicylic Acid Foam is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using Salicylic Acid Foam.
Possible side effects of Salicylic Acid Foam:
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:
Mild burning or stinging at the application site.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); diarrhea; dizziness; hearing loss or ringing in the ears; mood or mental changes; nausea; severe burning, peeling, redness, scaling, or stinging skin; unusual weakness or fatigue; vomiting.
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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), 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 Foam:
Store Salicylic Acid Foam at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store container upright. Do not freeze. Do not expose to temperatures greater than 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Salicylic Acid Foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Salicylic Acid Foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Salicylic Acid Foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Salicylic Acid Foam. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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