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User Reviews for Capsaicin

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, ...show all 33 brand names

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Peripheral Neuropathy 2 reviews 6 medications
   
9.0
Osteoarthritis 6 reviews 340 medications
   
8.5
Postherpetic Neuralgia 3 reviews 40 medications
   
7.3
Pain 8 reviews 906 medications
   
5.3
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 3 reviews 41 medications
   
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Summary of Capsaicin reviews 22 reviews 6.2

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Capzasin-HP (capsaicin) for Osteoarthritis: "When I lay in bed with osteoarthritis pain and nerve pain...this tends to give a warming sensation to a bit burning which takes my mind off the nerve pain and after a bit (and with my pain meds) I can fall asleep. If you like hot showers in the morning it may warm up a bit while in the hot shower. I wont live without it. I only use it at bed time and when the pain is to great to fall asleep."

   
8.0

SadieMarie (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 10, 2015

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For Pain: "For years I suffered from plantar fasciitis in my heel. I could not even walk the pain was so bad. I would have to hop on one foot to get around. I tried everything from hot soaks to ibuprofen and new shoes. I saw a free sample of lotion with capsaisin in it, .01 % dose. I had read reviews of all the burning so I had it for month and never tried it. One day the pain was so bad I gave it a whirl. Instant relief! No burning, no stinging, not even a warmth. I can walk again very comfortably. I am so glad I learned of this medication. I donot understand why so many people experience burning and I did not.... But you should try it. Oh and if you live near a dollar store they sell a 7" patch for $1. I got 6 uses out of $1...."

   
10

jh6111 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2015

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Zostrix (capsaicin) for Osteoarthritis: "Works best after a few doses."

   
8.0

Ran411 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 28, 2015

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For : "It does produce a burning sensation the first two weeks. After that it is a gentle warming sensation and really eases the pain in my back injury. It is absolutely worth putting up with the initial burning sensation."

   
9.0

T-slayer (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 25, 2014

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "After a spinal injury, I began to experience numbness, pain, and "prickly" feelings in my legs and feet. My toes and bottoms of my feet near the toes were (and still are) completely numb and I have frequent pain and burning in those areas. I bought the Capsaicin cream without a prescription at Walmart, for $10. I applied it liberally to both feet and massaged the areas well. I then put on white ankle socks so I could walk on my wood floors without leaving residue. I did not experience any bad side effects--no burning, etc. The relief from my nerve pain subsided very quickly. After about 15 minutes, I removed the socks and elevated my legs. The medication definitely provided great relief. DO wash your hands thoroughly with soap."

   
9.0

MikeC1962 October 4, 2014

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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I am a Dutchman (82), living in The Hague. My Post herpetic neuralgia dates from about 3 months ago. My physician prescribed 3 kinds of tablets (tramadol, carbamazepine and paracetamol) which gave relief to some extent. Thereupon I searched "PHN" on internet and found capsaicin and, on this website. I asked for an additional prescription of capsaicin (0.075 %) which I now apply 4 times a day. I feel 90% back to normal and I too can say: Got my life back!"

   
9.0

methuzalem September 20, 2014

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Capzasin Quick Relief (capsaicin) for Pain: "I slathered some of this stuff on thickly for fibromyalgia and neck arthritis pain then went for a walk on a warm day with a tank top on. DON'T DO THAT. However, the burning is so bad it took my mind off my pain. "

desperado63 (taken for less than 1 month) September 15, 2014

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Zostrix (capsaicin) for Osteoarthritis: "I applied two doses the first day I got it, to my thumbs, about eight hours apart. Yes, it's true that it's easy to get in your eyes, nose or mouth, and it burns. Even after a shower, I could still feel it on my skin. I expected to have to reapply it each day. But here's the funny part: The pain in my hands is nowhere near as intense as it was, even two days after that initial application. Why? It's welcomed, but kinda weird."

   
10

Mkbagwell (taken for less than 1 month) September 10, 2014

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For Pain: "Worked well the first time. If you have severe burning like I had my second time, milk applied provides instant relief."

   
6.0

AKlabchick June 1, 2014

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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."

julia2jw (taken for less than 1 month) November 15, 2013

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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."

   
1.0

B2ree November 6, 2013

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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."

   
9.0

Fibromite and back injury (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 1, 2013

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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. "

   
1.0

laylshams (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2013

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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."

   
1.0

Anonymous July 1, 2012

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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."

   
8.0

Got my life back! April 13, 2012

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Qutenza (capsaicin) for Peripheral Neuropathy: "Don't get this cream in you eyes or cuts, it will burn. "

pamtastic January 2, 2012

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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."

   
9.0

Anonymous December 10, 2011

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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."

   
9.0

lifelover November 8, 2011

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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. "

   
1.0

BonGriz August 29, 2011

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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."

   
9.0

Anonymous July 24, 2010

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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!"

   
6.0

musicalspirit July 19, 2010

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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."

   
1.0

Anonymous February 11, 2010

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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."

Anonymous December 26, 2009

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