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CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) pain.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
broken or irritated skin
high blood pressure
history of heart attack or stroke
an unusual or allergic reaction to capsaicin, hot peppers, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for external use only. It is applied by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Your blood pressure may go up during the procedure.
Do not touch the drug patch during treatment. This medicine causes red, burning skin. You may need pain medicine for during and after the procedure.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to heat for a few days after treatment. Be careful in hot showers or baths. Keep out of the sun. Exercise may make the treated skin feel hotter.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
burning pain, redness that does not go away
changes in blood pressure
cough or trouble breathing
skin sores or thinning
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
unusual body smell
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug isgiven in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat pain in muscles or joints.
Use this medicine on the skin. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Rub into painful area until there is little or no visible medicine left on the skin surface. Wash hands with soap and water after applying. If you are using this medicine for pain in the hands, do not wash your hands for at least 30 minutes after using this medicine. After using this medicine do not use a bandage, a heating pad, or expose the affected area to direct sun. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
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.
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
mild stinging or warmth where used
Keep out of the reach of young children.
Store at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.