Generic Name: capsaicin (kap-SAY-sin)
Brand Name: Capzasin
Capsaicin liquid is used for:
Treating minor pain from arthritis, backache, and muscle sprains or strains. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Capsaicin liquid is a topical analgesic. Exactly how it works is not known. It is thought to decrease the amount of a certain substance (substance P) that transmits pain in the body.
Do NOT use capsaicin liquid if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in capsaicin liquid
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using capsaicin liquid:
Some medical conditions may interact with capsaicin liquid. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have an open wound or damaged, broken, or irritated skin
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with capsaicin liquid. Because little, if any, of capsaicin liquid is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if capsaicin liquid may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use capsaicin liquid:
Use capsaicin liquid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before applying capsaicin liquid. Wear latex gloves to apply capsaicin liquid, or wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying it. If soap and water do not remove the medicine from your hands, use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil at room temperature.
- Apply a thin layer of medicine to cover the affected area. Gently massage the medicine into the skin until it disappears.
- If you are using capsaicin liquid on your hands, allow 30 minutes for the medicine to absorb before washing. Avoid touching irritated skin, contact lenses, or your eyes, nose, mouth, or genital area. Wash your hands with soap and water after 30 minutes.
- Do not use capsaicin liquid more often than 3 or 4 times daily.
- Do not apply to wounds or damaged, broken, or irritated skin.
- Do not bandage or wrap the affected area.
- Do not use capsaicin liquid with a heating pad.
- If you miss a dose of capsaicin liquid, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use capsaicin liquid.
Important safety information:
- Capsaicin liquid is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, lips, mouth, or genital area. If capsaicin liquid gets into any of these areas, rinse immediately with cool water. If you wear contact lenses, avoid touching them after you apply capsaicin liquid.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Do not use capsaicin liquid over large areas of the body without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, or if they recur after a few days, check with your doctor.
- Capsaicin liquid is flammable. Do not store near fire or an open flame. Avoid fire, open flame, or smoking during and immediately after use.
- Do not expose the medicine on your skin to direct sources of heat or sunlight. Avoid sunbathing, hot baths, or other sources of heat to the body. Heat or sunlight may increase the likelihood of burning or itching.
- Do not inhale any residue from capsaicin liquid after it has dried. Coughing, sneezing, or throat or breathing irritation may occur.
- You may have mild burning or itching at the application site up to 48 hours after you use capsaicin liquid. This should lessen as you use capsaicin liquid. Tell your doctor if you experience severe burning or itching, redness, or irritation.
- If severe burning or itching occurs, wash the area with soap and water. If this does not work, use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil at room temperature.
- Capsaicin liquid may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Check with your doctor before using capsaicin liquid in CHILDREN younger than 18 years of age; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using capsaicin liquid while you are pregnant. It is not known if capsaicin liquid is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use capsaicin liquid, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of capsaicin liquid:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Temporary, mild burning or stinging at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation, redness, blistering, or severe or persistent burning at the application site.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Capsaicin liquid may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of capsaicin liquid:
Store capsaicin liquid at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Close cap tightly after use. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep capsaicin liquid out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about capsaicin liquid, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Capsaicin liquid is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take capsaicin liquid or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about capsaicin liquid. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to capsaicin liquid. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using capsaicin liquid.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.