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Capsaicin Medicated plaster

It is used to treat postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) pain

Generic Name: Qutenza

What is this medicine?

CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) pain.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

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
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

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.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this 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.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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
-eye irritation
-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.):

-bruising
-dry skin
-nausea
-unusual body smell

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 31, 2010
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