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Side Effects of Capsaicin 8% Patch

Although most people tolerate capsaicin 8% patch well, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects of the skin patch are nausea, a runny nose, and reactions at the application site. In most cases, side effects are minor and easy to treat. However, notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious side effects, such as hives or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Capsaicin 8% Patch

As with any medicine, capsaicin 8% patch (Qutenza™) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. Most side effects occur when the patch is applied or shortly thereafter. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with capsaicin 8% patch. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Capsaicin 8% Patch Side Effects to Report

Some side effects with capsaicin 8% patch are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Irritation of eyes or mucous membranes
  • High blood pressure (which is usually temporary while the patch is applied, but may be serious in some individuals)
  • Shortness of breath, coughing, or sneezing (signs of lung irritation from the product)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:


    • An unexplained rash (different from the usual skin irritation caused by capsaicin 8% patch)
    • Hives
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing. 


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