Capsaicin cream is used to relieve arthritis or nerve pain, or to relieve itching.
Wash your hands, then apply to the affected area as directed. A pea-sized amount is about right for a knee joint, use less for a smaller area.
Wash your hands again after applying the cream. If your hands are the affected area, wait 30 minutes after applying and then wash your hands.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and apply your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not apply two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Dry, itchy or red skin where cream has been applied
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
Tingling or burning feeling where cream has been applied
|Common when you first start but should improve.|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2020
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