Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic available

Salex

(Salicylic Acid)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic available
  • 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.

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Upsides

  • 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).

Downsides

  • 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 effect rates for Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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.

Common concerns from people taking Salex (Salicylic Acid)

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Pregnancy
Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
  • 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.
Pain
  • When pain medications are needed, don't use aspirin. Try using NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen instead.