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Salex

(Salicylic Acid)

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Patch
  • Plaster
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Treats skin disorders.

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Salex (Salicylic Acid) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children or people with kidney or liver problems.

  • Comes as a cream, a lotion, and as a shampoo.
  • Can be used to treat psoriasis on the body, scalp, palms, and soles.
  • Applied to the skin at night and washed off in the morning.
  • Comes as a kit that includes lotion to treat skin dryness casued by Salex (Salicylic Acid).
  • Children under 12 years of age shouldn't use Salex (Salicylic Acid).
  • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
  • Using Salex (Salicylic Acid) too often or over larger areas of skin than necessary can cause toxic levels.

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Side effects for Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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  • Excessive redness and scaling
  • Skin peeling
  • Temporary stinging, burning, itching or irritation

What to expect when you take Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't cover the the treated area with tight bandages, fitted clothing, or apply other other ointments on top of it.
  • Applying more than prescribed won't treat your symptoms faster, but it could expose your body to toxic salicylate levels.
  • Don't use oral aspirin and other salicylate medications (like sports injury creams) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
  • When pain medications are needed, don't use aspirin. Try using NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen instead.

Risks and Warnings for Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children 18 years or younger
    • Children recovering from viral infections

    Salex (Salicylic Acid) use is linked to a condition called Reye's syndrome that causes liver and brain swelling. This is rare but very serious. Let your doctor know about any nausea, vomiting, unusually low energy, or changes in behavior.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • In people who have kidney or liver problems, the area of skin to be treated should be limited and will need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, lethargy, fast breathing, diarrhea, and mental disturbances.