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Salonpas Gel-Patch 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 Salonpas Gel-Patch.

It is possible that some side effects of Salonpas Gel-Patch 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 Salonpas Gel-Patch) 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
Less common - all forms
  • Cough
  • cough-producing mucus
  • difficulty with breathing
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness in the chest or wheezing
Less common - patch only
  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
Incidence not known - patch only
  • 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
  • Fever
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Incidence not known - patch only
  • 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

General

The most commonly reported side effects were application site erythema and application site pain.[Ref]

Local

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]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): First degree atrio-ventricular (AV) block, tachycardia, palpitations, increased blood pressure[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Herpes zoster, pruritus
Frequency not reported: Abnormal skin odor, second degree burns[Ref]

Respiratory

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]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pain in extremity, muscle spasms[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia, hypoesthesia, burning sensation
Frequency not reported: Headache, peripheral sensory neuropathy, dizziness, dysgeusia, hyperesthesia[Ref]

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye irritation
Frequency not reported: Irritation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, runny eyes[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Peripheral edema[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Zostrix-HP (capsaicin topical)." Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ.

2. "Product Information. Qutenza (capsaicin topical)." NeurogesX Inc, San Mateo, CA.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

4. "Product Information. Zostrix (capsaicin topical)." Southwood Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lake Forest, CA.

5. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

6. "Product Information. Axsain (capsaicin topical)." Rodlen Laboratories, Vernon Hills, IL.

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