Capsaicin 8% patch (QutenzaTM) is a medication used to treat a certain type of nerve pain (known medically as postherpetic neuralgia), which can occur after a case of shingles. Because this prescription medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on capsaicin 8% patch before starting treatment with this drug.
For example, you may not be able to use the patch if you have certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Also, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are currently taking any other medications (including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements).
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, capsaicin 8% patch can cause side effects. Some of the most common side effects include skin reactions at the application site.
Capsaicin 8% patch is usually applied to the skin for 60 minutes. The application may be repeated every 12 weeks.
(Click Capsaicin 8% Patch for more in-depth information on this product. This article discusses how the patch works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to use this drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
List of references (click here):
Qutenza [package insert]. San Mateo, CA: NeurogesX, Inc.;2009 November.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed December 30, 2009.
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