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Side Effects of Capsaicin 8% Patch

Common Side Effects

Capsaicin 8% patch has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using capsaicin 8% patch were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in another group of people using a low-dose capsaicin patch (such as those available without a prescription). As a result, it was possible to see what capsaicin 8% patch side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the low-dose patch.
In these studies, the most common side effects of this product included:
  • Reactions at the application site, including:


    • Redness -- in up to 63 percent of people
    • Pain -- up to 42 percent
    • Itching -- up to 6 percent
    • Bumps on the skin -- up to 6 percent
    • Fluid retention -- up to 4 percent
    • Swelling -- up to 2 percent
    • Dryness -- up to 2 percent


  • Nausea -- up to 5 percent
  • Runny or stuffy nose and/or sore throat -- up to 4 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 2 to 3 percent of people) included:

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the capsaicin 8% patch side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using the patch or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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