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Capsaicin 8% patch is a prescription medication used for treating nerve pain that occurs following a case of shingles. Your healthcare provider must apply this patch. A single application can help relieve nerve pain for up to 12 weeks. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and include skin reactions at the application site.

What Is Capsaicin 8% Patch?

Capsaicin 8% patch (Qutenza™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of nerve pain that occurs after a case of shingles (known medically as postherpetic neuralgia). A single, one-hour application of the patch can provide pain relief that lasts up to 12 weeks.
(Click What Is Capsaicin 8% Patch Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, capsaicin 8% patch may cause side effects. Most side effects occur during the patch application or shortly thereafter, and are generally not serious. Serious side effects are less common.
In studies, skin reactions at the application site were the most common side effects of this medication.
(Click Side Effects of Capsaicin 8% Patch to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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