What is Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical) used for?
Capzasin-P® is used for temporary relief of muscle or joint pain caused by strains, sprains, arthritis, bruising, or backaches. Capsaicin topical is also used to treat nerve pain (neuralgia) in people who have had herpes zoster, or “shingles.”
Capsaicin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.
Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply capsaicin topical.
When using the cream or lotion, apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently until completely absorbed.
To use the liquid or stick, uncap the applicator and press it firmly on your skin to apply the medication. Massage gently onto the affected are until completely absorbed.
Capsaicin topical may be used up to 4 times daily or as directed on the medicine label.
To apply a capsaicin topical skin patch, remove the liner and apply the patch to your skin over the area of pain. Press the edges firmly into place. Remove the patch and apply a new patch 1 or 2 times daily if needed.
Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying capsaicin topical or handling the skin patch. If you have applied the medicine to your hands or fingers to treat pain in those areas, wait at least 30 minutes before washing your hands.
To keep the medication from getting on your fingers when you apply it, you may use a rubber glove, finger cot, cotton ball, or clean tissue to apply the medicine.
Capsaicin can cause a burning sensation wherever it is applied. This sensation is usually mild and should gradually lessen over time with continued regular use of the medicine.
If the burning sensation is painful or causes significant discomfort, wash the treated skin area with soap and cool water. Get medical attention right away if you have severe burning, pain, swelling, or blistering.
Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or heating pad, which can increase the burning sensation. You may cover the skin with clothing.
Avoid taking a bath or shower within 1 hour before or after you apply capsaicin to your skin. Also avoid swimming or vigorous exercise. Warm water or perspiration can increase the burning sensation caused by capsaicin.
Avoid getting capsaicin topical in your eyes or near your nose where you might inhale it. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse thoroughly with water.
Also avoid getting this medication on contact lenses, dentures, and other items that come into contact with sensitive areas of your body.
It may take up to 2 weeks of using this medicine regularly before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Pain relief should occur gradually as the substance P in your body is decreased in the nerve cells.
Call your doctor if your pain does not improve after using this medication for 7 days, or if your symptoms get worse or get better and then come back in a few days.
How do I store Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Capzasin-P® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Capzasin-P® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Capzasin-P® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Capzasin-P® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Capzasin-P® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to chili peppers, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to capsaicin topical.
Capsaicin can cause a burning sensation wherever it is applied. If you have significant discomfort or skin redness, wash the treated skin area with soap and cool water.
Get medical attention right away if you have severe burning, pain, swelling, or blistering of the skin where you applied this medication.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Capzasin-P® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Capzasin-P®. Capzasin-P® is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Wash the skin and get medical attention right away if you have severe burning, pain, swelling, or blistering of the skin where you applied this medication.
Stop using capsaicin topical and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Skin redness where the medicine was applied
- Trouble breathing or swallowing (after accidental inhalation of capsaicin odor or dried residue)
Less serious side effects may include a mild burning sensation that can last for several hours or days, especially after your first use of capsaicin topical.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Capzasin-P® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Capzasin-P® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical)?
Capzasin-P® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical).
What is the dose of Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical) for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Postherpetic Neuralgia
Up to 4 patches applied to intact, non-irritated, dry skin, and allowed to remain in place for 30 minutes for the feet and 60 minutes for other locations.
Usual Adult Dose for Pain
Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day.
What is the dose of Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical) for a child?
Usual Pediatric Dose for Pain
Adolescents 12 years and older: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day.
How is Capzasin-P® (capsaicin topical) available?
Capzasin-P® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Topical cream
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Capzasin-P®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Capzasin-P®. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/capsaicin-topical-route/description/drg-20062561. Accessed September 5, 2017
Review Date: September 5, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019