Generic Name: Salicylic Acid

  • What is Salex?

    Salex is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat keratosis in certain thickened skin conditions, including warts on your feet (verrucae); various scaling skin conditions (ichthyoses); skin thickening of your palms and soles (keratosis palmaris and plantaris); keratinization around hair follicles (keratosis pilaris), orange-red, scaling plaques around hair follicles (pityriasis rubra pilaris); and psoriasis of your body, scalp, palms, or soles. It is available in both a cream and lotion.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Salex?

    Salex is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

    If you use Salex for long periods of time and more often over large areas, you can develop salicylic acid toxicity, especially in children, if you have kidney or liver impairment, or if you cover the treatment area(s). Stop using Salex and tell your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, ringing in your ears, tiredness, rapid breathing, diarrhea, and psychic disturbances.

    Salex can cause Reye's syndrome (a potentially fatal disease of the brain and liver that most commonly occurs in children after a viral infection, such as chickenpox), especially in children or teenagers with varicella or influenza infection.

  • Who should not take Salex?

    Do not use Salex if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Salex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Salex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver impairment, or if your child has varicella or influenza infection.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply to the affected area(s) and cover the treated area(s) at night.

  • How should I take Salex?

    Apply Salex exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Hydrate your skin for at least 5 minutes before the application. Apply Salex thoroughly to the affected area and cover it at night after washing and before bedtime. Wash the medicine off in the morning. If you develop excessive drying or irritation, you can apply a bland cream or lotion to your skin. Rinse your hands thoroughly after the application, unless your hands are being treated.

  • What should I avoid while taking Salex?

    Do not use Salex in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

    Do not cover the Salex cream or lotion on your skin with occlusive dressings, clothing, or other occlusive skin products (such as petrolatum-based ointments).

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Salex?

    If Salex is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Salex with the following: antidiabetic medications in a class called sulfonylureas (such as glipizide), aspirin, blood thinners (such as heparin), corticosteroids, methotrexate, other salicylate-containing medications (such as sports injury creams), phenylbutazone, probenemide, pyrazinamide, or sulfinpyrazone.

  • What are the possible side effects of Salex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: excessive skin redness or scaling

  • Can I receive Salex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Salex during pregnancy are unknown. Salex can harm your baby if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Salex?

    If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Salex?

    Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.