Capsaicin

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Aflexeryl-MC [OTC]; Aleveer [OTC] [DSC]; Captracin; Capzasin-HP [OTC]; Capzasin-P [OTC]; DiabetAid Pain and Tingling Relief [OTC]; Levatio; MaC Patch; Neuvaxin; Qroxin; Qutenza; Releevia; Releevia MC; RelyyT; Renovo; Salonpas Gel-Patch Hot [OTC]; Salonpas Hot [OTC] [DSC]; Sinelee; Solaice; Trixaicin HP [OTC]; Trixaicin [OTC]; Zostrix Diabetic Foot Pain [OTC]; Zostrix [OTC]; Zostrix-HP [OTC]

Brand Names: Canada

Zostrix; Zostrix H.P.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to ease pain.
  • It is used to help diabetic nerve pain.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Avoid use of heat sources (such as sunlamps, tanning beds, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds). Avoid long, hot baths or sunbathing. Your temperature may rise and cause too much drug to pass into your body.
  • Take this drug off of the skin if very bad burning or itching happens.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Cream, gel, liquid, or lotion:

  • Use care when using on a large part of the skin. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not breathe in this drug after it has dried. May cause nose or throat irritation.
  • Some of these drugs may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Very bad burning or burning that does not go away.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Burning or stinging feeling. Most of the time, this will go away after a few days.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Qutenza™:

  • This drug will be given to you by a doctor.
  • Do not touch the patch while it is on your skin.

All other products:

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • You may wear gloves when putting on.
  • Do not put on irritated skin.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after putting on.
  • Do not put on right after a shower or bath.
  • If this drug gets in the eyes, rinse with cool water.

Cream, gel, liquid, or lotion:

  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • If hands are treated, do not wash your hands for 30 minutes after you put on this drug. Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, genitals, irritated skin, or contact lenses until you wash your hands.

Skin patch:

  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use this drug on a regular basis, put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Qutenza™:

  • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

All other products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat and sunlight.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-03-27

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