24 Feb 2013

1.  Generic Name or Active Ingredient:

 Salicylic Acid 20% Ointment


2.  Uses:

To remove warts.


3.  How This Medicine Works:

Salicylic acid loosens the skin cells to allow removal of warts. It also has mild antiseptic and antifungal action.


4.  Do Not Use This Medicine:

  • If you are allergic to salicylic acid or any other ingredient in its formulation.
  • To treat warts on the face, moles, birthmarks, or hairy warts
  • On children aged less than 2 years

5.  Before You Start To Use This Medicine:

  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any other drugs.
  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you have poor circulation, for example diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, or any other health problems.
  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Consult your doctor before using this medicine on children aged 2-12 years.

6.    Using With Other Medication:

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations, or supplements, as they may interfere with this medicine.

7.    How To Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (National Call Centre)

a)    How to apply

                i.    Use petroleum jelly or a corn plaster to protect the healthy skin around the wart.

                ii.    Before applying the treatment to your wart, use an emery board or pumice stone to rub any excess outer skin on the affected area (avoid sharing this board/ stone with others).

               iii.    Soak the wart in water for about 5 minutes to soften the skin.

               iv.    Apply the salicylic acid directly on the wart and allow to dry.


b)   When to apply

  • Use once daily or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.

c)    How long to apply

  • You need to apply the medication as instructed until the wart clears up, or for at least 12 weeks, whichever is sooner. If the wart persists after 12 weeks, consult your doctor.

d)   If you forget to apply it

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine. Do not double the dose.


8.  While Using This Medicine:


a)    Things you should do:

  • Tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are using salicylic acid.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication at the same time
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you develop any allergic reactions
  • Seek medical advice if your symptoms persist.

b)   Things you must NOT do:

  • DO NOT apply the medication near your eyes, nose, mouth or injured skin areas.
  • Do not use salicylic acid over large skin areas for a long period (more than 12 weeks).
  • Do not share your medication with anyone, as warts can be contagious through skin contact.

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.


9.  Side Effects:

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any side effects which are severe or persistant.

   Possible side effects:

  • Stinging, burning, or irritation of the skin
  • Itching
   Prolonged use over a large skin area may cause salicylate toxicity. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms:
  • Ringing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
10. Storage and disposal:
  • Store at room temperature and in a dry place.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not use after the expiry date has passed.
  • Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.