Qutenza Side Effects
Generic Name: capsaicin topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug capsaicin topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Qutenza.
It is possible that some side effects of Qutenza may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to capsaicin topical: topical cream, topical film, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical patch extended release, topical stick
As well as its needed effects, capsaicin topical (the active ingredient contained in Qutenza) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking capsaicin topical, check with your doctor immediately:More common - all forms
- Burning, itching, dryness, pain, redness, swelling, or soreness at the application site
- cough-producing mucus
- difficulty with breathing
- shortness of breath or troubled breathing
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
- tightness in the chest or wheezing
- Blurred vision
- pounding in the ears
- slow or fast heartbeat
- Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- increased sensitivity to pain
- increased sensitivity to touch
- rapid weight gain
- tingling in the hands and feet
- unsteadiness or awkwardness
- unusual weight gain or loss
- weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Some capsaicin topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Less common - patch only
- muscle aches
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Abnormal skin color
- change in taste
- loss of taste
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to capsaicin topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical film, topical gel, topical kit, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical stick
The most commonly reported side effects were application site erythema and application site pain.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Application site erythema (63%), application site pain (42%)
Common (1% to 10%): Application site pruritus, application site papules, application site edema, application site swelling, application site dryness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site urticaria, application site paresthesia, application site dermatitis, application site hyperesthesia, application site excoriation, application site warmth, application site anesthesia, application site bruising, application site inflammation, application site exfoliation[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): First degree atrio-ventricular (AV) block, tachycardia, palpitations, increased blood pressure[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Herpes zoster, pruritus
Frequency not reported: Abnormal skin odor, second degree burns[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cough, throat irritation
Frequency not reported: Sneezing, dyspnea, wheezing, exacerbation of asthma, irritation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract (such as nasal and throat irritation)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nausea[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pain in extremity, muscle spasms[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia, hypoesthesia, burning sensation
Frequency not reported: Headache, peripheral sensory neuropathy, dizziness, dysgeusia, hyperesthesia[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye irritation
Frequency not reported: Irritation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, runny eyes[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Peripheral edema[Ref]
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