Also known as: Analgesic Balm with Capsaicin, Axsain, Capsicum Oleoresin, Capsin, Capzasin, Capzasin Back and Body, Capzasin Quick Relief, Capzasin-HP, Capzasin-HP Arthritis Formula, Capzasin-P, Castiva Warming, Dolorac, Drs Cream, GNP Capsaicin, Icy Hot PM Patch, Menthac Arthritis Cream with Capsaicin, No Pain-HP, Pain Doctor, Pain-X, Qutenza, R-Gel, RT Capsin, Salonpas Gel-Patch, Salonpas Pain Patch with Capsaicin, Sloan's Liniment, Trixaicin, Trixaicin HP, Zostrix, Zostrix Diabetic Foot Pain, Zostrix Foot Pain, Zostrix Neuropathy, Zostrix Sports, Zostrix-HP
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capsaicin for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: I used it for arthritis in my foot, when I first used it I felt like someone set my foot on fire and water and the sun will bring the heat back, it burns for at least 30 mins but after it stops I end up able to walk. It feels like a deep deep tissue massage. I cried but I still use it because it helps me after the burning stops , but don't touch it because it stays on you for a day or so and if you touch your eyes you will burn.
Capzasin (capsaicin) for Pain: I used this for knee pain per my doctor recommendation. I read the instructions and applied the medication. It didn't relieve my pain, it caused more pain. Severe burning, stinging pain. Even showering to wash the medication off was painful. I had to use calamine lotion to counter the effects. Perhaps my skin is more sensitive than others out there, but I would use caution with this medication.
Review by Fibromite and back injury (taken for 2 to 5 years):
capsaicin for Pain: I began using Capsaicin-HP for severe pain from by neck to top of my buttocks caused by fibromyalgia. I found it to decrease my pain as much or better than non-narcotic oral medications. Then I had an injury to my back which required a lumbar spinal fusion at L5-S1. Capsaicin again helped my pain incredibly. I applied everyday 2 to 4 times a day before surgery and then limited used to areas of neck and back away from incision until site healed, then resumed use over entire back. It does get very "hot" at times, but I learned not to focus on that and realized that was the time it seemed to be removing pain the best. I am a nurse and eventually learned to allow it to "heat" which typically lasts about 30 min and I got the best results.
Review by laylshams (taken for less than 1 month):
Capsin (capsaicin) for Pain: I had a muscular injury to my leg. I rubbed on the ointment and the "slight burning" the packaging warn of was a horrible burning that I could not remove with repeated washing with soap and water. The intense burning sensation went on for a few hours.
capsaicin for Pain: I have arthritis in my knee. This works for Pain, but under no circumstances go out in the sun while using it. Sun intensifies medication and feels like you have been stung by a jelly fish. If exposed by sun, ice immediately and wash off.
Zostrix-HP (capsaicin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have had PHN for 2 years and have been in extreme pain. My Internist told me about Zostrix HP along with the warning to be careful applying it and to wash it off my hands. I started using latex gloves to administer it on my body and after 2 weeks my pain began to subside. I am now at a very manageable pain level. On a 1-10 with 10 being the highest pain I am now finally at 0.5 (point five) after 2 years of being at a pain level of 10 day and night. I use it sparingly (pea sized amount) 3-4 x a day. I highly recommend it if you had shingles and then PHN.
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Trixaicin HP (capsaicin) for Pain: I used Trixaicin HP for Thoracic Spine Damage to the nerve root at the C5, C6 level (C6 root) causing numbness in my index finger and thumb. I used gloves and put the Trixaicin directly on the pain. That caused the Trixaicin to heat up so much it burned. Not unbearably but it did cause me to wonder if it heated up worse on the pain because that was the most painful spot.
capsaicin for Osteoarthritis: I'm a 57 year old female with moderate - severe osteoarthritis of the hip and back. I have been using Capsaicin gel for 2 weeks and the pain has subsided tremendously. Experienced burning sensation the first day only. It has given me back parts of my reason for living.
Zostrix Diabetic Foot Pain (capsaicin) for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Side effects include allergic reaction: rash; hives; itching; pain in the middle of the chest; tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing or swallowing; irritation, redness, blistering, severe/persistent burning at the application site.
capsaicin for Osteoarthritis: I'm 61, female, and have had arthritis in my hands, knees and feet over the past ten years. Since using capsaicin over the last two years I've found tremendous relief. It burned when I first started using it, but the burning "wore off" after a week, and I find it totally painless to use. I apply it in the morning as well as in the evening. I learned to NOT use my fingers to apply it. Instead, I use the topside of my thumbs, between the first and second joints from the tip of the thumb. That way, I don't accidentally get capsaicin in my eyes (especially when applying my contact lenses an hour later!). I highly recommend capsaicin and suggest sticking with it, even if at first it burns. It's well worth trying.
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Capzasin-HP (capsaicin) for Osteoarthritis: I prefer the initial pain of application than the pain in my spine, hip, and legs. Be careful going out in the sun, even the day after application some residual effects will be felt. Wear latex or plastic gloves when applying and wash your hands after applying. If you touch a part of your body that has capzasin on it, be sure to rewash your hands and DO NOT touch your eyes without washing your hands!
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Zostrix (capsaicin) for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Tried it for foot pain, diabetic neuropathy, terrible results. Pain increased, had to wash it off. Wash your hands very well after use, even if you don't see the cream on your hands, some residue may still exist and if you get it in your eyes, it will really burn.
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Trixaicin HP (capsaicin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have used Trixaicin HP for 6 days. Some lessing of the pain, but still have a slight burning. Would rather have the burning from the medicine then the pain from the shingles neuropathy.
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