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Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream (kap SAY uh sin & LYE doh kane)
Brand Name: Axsain, Zostrix

Uses of Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream:

  • It is used to help diabetic nerve pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream?

For all patients taking capsaicin in lidocaine cream:

  • If you have an allergy to capsaicin, local anesthetics, or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your skin is damaged or has open wounds. Do not put on damaged skin or open wounds.

Children:

  • If your child is younger than 10 years of age. Do not give capsaicin in lidocaine cream to a child younger than 10 years of age.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take capsaicin in lidocaine cream with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Use care when using on a large part of the skin. Talk with the doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Do not use heat or bandages on the treated part.
  • Do not use right before or after a bath, shower, or heavy exercise.
  • Avoid use of heat sources (such as sunlamps, tanning beds, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds). Avoid long, hot baths or sunbathing. Your temperature may rise and cause too much drug to pass into your body.
  • Do not breathe in capsaicin in lidocaine cream after it has dried. May cause nose or throat irritation.
  • Take this medicine off of the skin if very bad burning or itching happens.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using capsaicin in lidocaine cream while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Do not take capsaicin in lidocaine cream by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not put on the genitals.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Put on by using the pads that come with this medicine. Throw away pad after use.
  • Wash hands after use.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, genitals, irritated skin, or contact lenses after you use capsaicin in lidocaine cream. Some drug may stay on your hand even after washing.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Very bad burning or burning that does not go away.

What are some other side effects of Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Burning.
  • Stinging.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Capsaicin in Lidocaine Cream?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take capsaicin in lidocaine cream or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 capsaicin in lidocaine cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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