On-line R-Gel

Brand Name(s): Capsin, Capzasin-P, Dolorac, R-Gel, Zostrix, Zostrix-HP

Generic Name Capsaicin Topical

What is capsaicin skin cream, lotion or other skin preparations?

CAPSAICIN (Capzasin-P®, Icy Hot®, Rid-a-Pain®, Zostrix®) is used to help relieve pain in the muscle or joints. It is also used for different types of nerve pain, such as pain due to nerve problems in people with diabetes. Capsaicin skin preparations are available from many different manufacturers.

What should my health care professional know before I use capsaicin?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • broken skin
  • irritated skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to capsaicin, hot peppers, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • breast-feeding
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Follow the directions on the label. Capsaicin should be used 3 to 4 times per day. Less frequent use will decrease the effect of capsaicin. Rub the cream or gel into the painful area until there is little or no visible cream (or gel) left on the skin surface. Unless you are using capsaicin for arthritis of the hands, you should wash your hands after you apply the cream or gel. If you are using capsaicin for arthritis of the hands, do not wash your hands for at least 30 minutes after using this medicine.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with capsaicin?

There are no known drug interactions with capsaicin.

What side effects may I notice from using capsaicin?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

Rare or uncommon:

  • breakdown of your skin
  • cough

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning or stinging of skin at site of application
  • warm sensation at site of application

What should I watch for while taking capsaicin?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your pain has not gotten better after 2—3 weeks of using capsaicin.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of young children.

Store at room temperature, between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F); do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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