What is Salicylic acid topical?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Algesal Dermarest Psoriasis Shampoo Plus Conditioner Dermarest Psoriasis Skin Treatment Show all

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See also: Clobetasol-coal tar-salicylic acid Diprosalic Scalp application

Salicylic acid topically is used for controlling seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis of body and scalp, dandruff, and other scaling dermatoses; also used to remove warts, corns, and calluses; and for acne.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Seborrheic dermatitis 11 5
Acne 7 11
Psoriasis on head 6 4
Acne breakout 3 6
Arthritis pain 2 0
Plantar wart 2 1

Show all 22 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Salicylic acid topical

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation 2
Dry skin 2
Dry hair 1
Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) 1
Skin peeling 1
Wrinkles 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Salicylic acid topical

Dosage Patients
1 other daily 1
1% as needed 1
1other as needed 1
- as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Salicylic acid topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Salicylic acid topical

Duration

Currently taking Salicylic acid topical

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Salicylic acid topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 7
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 16
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3 patient evaluations for Salicylic acid topical

Feb 18, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for acne breakout)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for acne)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 28, 2012 (Started Jul 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis on head)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry hair)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Worked on the psoriasis, but dryed my hair.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2011 (Started Jul 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis on head)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I have less itching and flaking

Jul 14, 2011 (Started Jul 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for psoriasis on head)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Discontinued because it doesn't work well enough

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 10, 2011 (Started Jul 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: leaving management of scalp up to hair dresser as she is more thorough than i can be
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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