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Generic name: salicylic acid topical [SAL-i-SIL-ik-AS-id-TOP-ik-al]
Names of brands: Acnevir, Bensal HP, cerave SA, cerave SA Renewing, Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub… Display all 65 brands
Classes of drugs: topical acne agents, topical keratolytics

What is Salvax?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent) that causes the shedding of the skin's outer layer.

Salvax (for the face) is used for treatments for acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, as well as to eliminate calluses, corns, and warts.Salvax could also be used for other purposes that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Salvax

Salvax can trigger a rare but serious allergic reaction or a severe skin irritation. The reactions can occur within an hour after applying the medication and may last for a few days or more afterward.

Stop taking Salvax and seek medical emergency assistance if you show symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, itching, breathing difficulties, or feeling lightheaded and swelling of your face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat.

Also, stop taking Salvax and consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • Extremely headache severe headache, the ringing of your ears trouble with hearing, trouble with your thinking;
  • Extreme stomach discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're about to pass out.
  • Breath shortness
  • Dryness, severe burning, or irritation to the skin

Common adverse consequences of Salvax could include:

  • Small itching, rash, or peeling
  • Variations in the shade of affected skin (usually lightening).

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Doxycycline, Clindamycin topical, Topical Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Temovate, Clobex, and Tazorac


Salvax could cause a rare but severe allergic reaction or severe itching. Stop using this medicine immediately and seek medical assistance if you suffer from symptoms such as itching, hives, breathing difficulties, lightheadedness, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Prior to use this drug

Do not take Salvax if you have an allergy to it.

Utilizing Salvax for a child or teenager suffering from flu signs and chickenpox can lead to an extremely fatal condition known as Reye's syndrome.

Consult a pharmacist or doctor for a recommendation on whether this medicine is safe to use if you are suffering from:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with blood circulation.

Consult a physician before taking this medication if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

How to take Salvax?

Salvax can be purchased in a variety of forms, like liquid gel, lotion cream, ointment foam shampoo, soap, fabric pads, and patches for skin.Follow the directions on the label or as recommended by your physician.Do not chew it. Topical medicines are to be used only on the skin.

Salvax may cause an uncommon but serious allergic reaction to the skin or cause severe irritation. Apply a small amount of the drug as a "test dose" to one or two small areas of skin each day for three days. If you don't experience any reaction to the medication, start using the entire dose after the 4th day.

It is possible that you need to shake the medication prior to using it. Follow all the instructions on the label.Do not use Salvax to treat any illness that has not been examined by your physician.The symptoms you experience may be unaffected for several days. Consult your doctor if symptoms don't improve or if they worsen.

Place the medicine in the original bottle at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.Make sure the foam container is kept away from flames that are open or at high temperatures. The canister could explode if it is too hot. Avoid burning or puncturing an empty aerosol container.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Salvax is used in times of need. If you're on a schedule for taking your dose, do not miss any doses. Don't take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency treatment or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should be avoided?

Do not apply Salvax to wounds that are open or to sunburned, windburned, dry, or irritated skin.Rinse your mouth with water if this medication gets into your mouth or eyes.

This medication could be potentially flammable. Avoid using a near-high temperature or an open flame. Wash your hands prior to handling an appliance for styling hair (such as a straightening or curling iron). A high temperature could cause the medicine to burn and cause skin burns. Avoid smoking until the gel has dried on the skin.Avoid other medicines for the same areas that were treated with Salvax unless your doctor has advised you to.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin-care products you take aren't likely to be affected by any other medications that you are taking, but medications can interact. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.