What is Acnevir (salicylic acid topical)?
There are many brands and forms of salicylic acid available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin.
Salicylic acid topical (for the skin) is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts.
Salicylic acid topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Acnevir (salicylic acid topical)?
You should not use salicylic acid topical if you are allergic to it.
Do not give this medication to a child or teenager with a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Salicylic acid can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
liver or kidney disease;
blood circulation problems.
It is not known whether salicylic acid topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether salicylic acid topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
This medicine should not be used on a child younger than 2 years old.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of salicylic acid is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne
Salicylic acid topical 1% pad:
12 years or older: Cleanse affected area. Apply 2 to 3 times daily. If dryness occurs, reduce to every other or once a day.
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