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Salicylic Acid-Sulfur Soap
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This medication is used to treat dandruff and other scalp conditions (e.g., itching, scaling, flaking). Salicylic acid and sulfur are known as keratolytic agents. This type of drug causes the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that makes the cells clump together. This effect makes it easier to shed the skin cells, softens the top layer of skin, and decreases scaling and dryness. Salicylic acid belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (salicylates).

 
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Salicylic Acid-Sulfur Soap

Uses
This medication is used to treat dandruff and other scalp conditions (e.g., itching, scaling, flaking). Salicylic acid and sulfur are known as keratolytic agents. This type of drug causes the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that makes the cells clump together. This effect makes it easier to shed the skin cells, softens the top layer of skin, and decreases scaling and dryness. Salicylic acid belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (salicylates).
Notes
  • Avoid getting this medication on clothing, wood, plastic, metal, or other surfaces because it can cause damage.

Storage
  • Different brands of this medication have different storage needs.
  • Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist.
  • Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, hearing problems, tiredness, fast breathing.

How To Use
  • Follow all directions on the product package, or use as directed by your doctor.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Shake the container well before use.
  • Wet hair and scalp with water.
  • Apply shampoo to scalp.
  • Rub into the scalp well, working the shampoo into a lather.
  • Leave on the scalp for 5 minutes and then rinse off.
  • Shampoo again as directed and rinse well.
  • Use the shampoo daily or every other day or as directed by your doctor.
  • Once your condition has improved, you may need to use this product only occasionally (1 to 2 times a week).This medication should be used on the skin/scalp only.
  • Do not use on cut/scraped skin.
  • Be careful to avoid your eyes.
  • If contact occurs, flush the affected eye(s) with cool water for 15 minutes.Do not use large amounts of this medication, apply it more often, or use it for a longer time than directed.
  • Your condition will not clear faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased.
  • You should see some improvement after 2 or 3 treatments.
  • Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens or if you think you have a serious medical problem.

Side Effects
  • Burning, redness, and peeling skin near the treated area may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has directed you to take this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: severe redness/blistering/peeling of the scalp.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to salicylic acid or sulfur; or to aspirin; or to other ingredients (e.g., fragrance); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following health problems: cuts/open wounds on the scalp.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are using this product under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you use any of the following: other products used on the treated skin.

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