Generic Name: Zostrix Brand Name(s): Zostrix.

Uses

What is Zostrix® used for?

Zostrix® is commonly used to ease muscle and joint aches and pain. It is used to help diabetic nerve pain. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take Zostrix®?

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

  • Do not take Zostrix® 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 medicine gets in the eyes, rinse with cool water.
  • 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 Zostrix®. Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, genitals, irritated skin, or contact lenses until you wash your hands.

How do I store Zostrix®?

Zostrix® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Zostrix® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Zostrix® 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 Zostrix® 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 Zostrix®?

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 Zostrix® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take Zostrix®. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by the doctor.

This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If this medicine 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 Zostrix® off of the skin if very bad burning or itching happens.

Use care when using on a large part of the skin. Talk with the doctor.

Do not breathe in this medicine 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.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Zostrix® while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Zostrix® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Zostrix®. Zostrix® 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
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Zostrix®?

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.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Very bad burning or burning that does not go away.

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.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Zostrix®?

Zostrix® 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 Zostrix®?

Zostrix® 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 Zostrix®?

Zostrix® 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.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Zostrix®.

What is the dose of Zostrix® for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Pain

Apply a thin film to the affected area two to four times daily, and gently rub in until fully absorbed.

Uses: For the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of the muscles and joints associated with strains, sprains, bruises, arthritis.

What is the dose of Zostrix® for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Zostrix® available?

Zostrix® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Lotion

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 Zostrix®, 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.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: November 28, 2017 | Last Modified: November 28, 2017

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