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Salex™ (salicylic acid) Pregnancy C Generic Pediatric

How Supplied:

6% cream, 454 g; 6% lotion, 237 mL; 6% shampoo, 177 mL

Indications and Usage:

Salex is a keratolytic agent used to remove excessive keratin in various disorders, such as verrucae, various ichthyoses (vulgaris, sex-linked and lamellar), pamoplantar keratoderma, keratosis pilaris, pityriasis rubra pilaris, and psoriasis.

Prescribing Instructions:

Prescribing Information Instructions [PDF]

Side Effects and Contraindications:

Excessive topical use may lead to symptoms of salicylate toxicity, particularly in children under the age of 12 and patients with renal and hepatic impairment. Symptoms indicative of salicylate toxicity include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, tinnitus, lethargy, hyperpnea, diarrhea, and psychic disturbances. Patients should be cautioned against concomitant use of oral medications (such as aspirin) and topical creams with salicylate while using Salex. If salicylate toxicity is suspected, Salex should be discontinued immediately and sodium bicarbonate (oral or IV) should be administered. The most common side effects associated with Salex include erythema and local irritation.


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