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Salicylic Acid Medicated Patch (SALICYLIC ACID (KERATOLYTIC) - TOPICAL)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • skin disorder
  • warts

Brand Name(s): Compound W brand of salicylic acid, Mediplast

Generic Name: Salicylic Acid


DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Apply the patch on the wart.

Store at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not keep in the bathroom.

This medicine should only be used on the skin.

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Follow the instructions on the package to use this medicine correctly.

You may cut the patch with scissors if needed. Be sure to cut the patch before peeling away the liner protecting the adhesive.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

Remove the plastic liner that protects the sticky side of the patch before applying to the skin.

Be sure the area of skin is clean and dry before putting on a new patch.

Before applying medicine, soak the affected area for at least 5 minutes in warm water. After soaking, gently wipe off any loose skin with a clean, soft cloth. Do not rub.

Press the patch firmly for a few seconds to make sure it stays in place.

After removing the patch, fold it together and discard it out of reach of children and pets, NOT in the toilet.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands after touching patch.

Remove patch if it causes pain or burning.

Avoid touching or scratching the area of the skin after the patch is removed.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

It may take several weeks for this medicine to fully work.

Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

This medicine is available over-the-counter and does not require a prescription.


Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

During pregnancy, this medicine should be used only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Ask your doctor if patch should be removed before having an MRI scan to avoid serious burns.

Seek medical attention if you see any signs of a serious infection. These signs include pain, increasing redness or pus where this medicine is being used.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • burning or stinging
  • dry skin
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • skin redness
  • skin sores

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.


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