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  • Generic Name: (salicylic acid)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Salex is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat certain skin disorders associated with scaling or overgrowth of skin cells (such as psoriasis). Salex is available as a cream and lotion.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Salex works by softening and thinning dry or scaly skin so that it can be removed easily.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Salex may help relieve symptoms associated with certain skin disorders.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Salex exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your skin condition after you start using Salex. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Common side effects may include: redness, scaling.

    • Who should not take this medication?

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

      Do not use Salex in children <2 years old.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Salex. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, chickenpox, the flu, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

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

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

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Salex exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Preferably, the skin should be hydrated for at least 5 minutes before applying Salex. Wash off the medicine in the morning. If there is excessive drying or irritation, you may apply a bland cream or lotion, as directed by your healthcare provider.

      Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Salex (unless your hands are being treated).

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get Salex in your eyes, on your lips, or inside your nose or mouth.

      Do not bandage or cover the skin treated with Salex unless your healthcare provider tells you to.

      Do not apply other topical medicines (such as petrolatum-based ointments) without first checking with your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      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 healthcare provider before combining Salex with the following: aspirin, blood thinners (such as heparin or warfarin), certain diabetes medicines (such as glipizide or glimepiride), corticosteroids (such as dexamethasone), medicines that affect the acidity in your stomach (such as ranitidine), methotrexate, probenecid, pyrazinamide, or sulfinpyrazone.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Salex during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Salex. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Salex, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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