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    • Brand Names: U.S.: Capzasin-HP® [OTC];Capzasin-P® [OTC];DiabetAid® Pain and Tingling Relief [OTC];QutenzaT;Salonpas® Gel-Patch Hot [OTC];Salonpas® Hot [OTC];Trixaicin HP [OTC];Trixaicin [OTC];Zostrix® Diabetic Foot Pain [OTC];Zostrix® [OTC];Zostrix®-HP [OTC]
    • Brand Names: Canada: Zostrix®;Zostrix® H.P.

    • It is used to ease pain.
    • It is used to help diabetic nerve pain.
    • Capsaicin lowers a chemical that causes pain.


    How to take

    • All products:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • You may wear gloves when putting on.
    • Gel, liquid, or lotion:
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • QutenzaT:
    • This drug will be given to you by a doctor.
    • Other patches:
    • Put on the most painful parts of the skin.
    • Put patch on at the same time of day.
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin.
    • You may leave on for up to 8 hours.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from heat.
    • QutenzaT:
    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.



    • If you have an allergy to capsaicin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.


    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Use care when a large part of the skin is involved or where there are open wounds.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • Burning or stinging feeling. This will most often goes away after a few days when using this drug as you have been told.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Very bad pain.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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