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Generic Name: capsaicin topical

It is used to treat pain in muscles or joints
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What is this medicine?

CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat pain in muscles or joints.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • broken or irritated skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to capsaicin, hot peppers, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Use this medicine on the skin. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Rub into painful area until there is little or no visible medicine left on the skin surface. Wash hands with soap and water after applying. If you are using this medicine for pain in the hands, do not wash your hands for at least 30 minutes after using this medicine. After using this medicine do not use a bandage, a heating pad, or expose the affected area to direct sun. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • burning pain, redness that does not go away
  • cough
  • skin sores or thinning

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild stinging or warmth where used

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of young children.

Store at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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