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Capsaicin, Lidocaine, and Menthol

Generic Name: Capsaicin, Lidocaine, and Menthol

Uses of Capsaicin, Lidocaine, and Menthol:

  • It is used to ease pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Capsaicin, Lidocaine, and Menthol?

  • If you are allergic to capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol; any part of capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If your skin is damaged or has open wounds. Do not put on damaged skin or open wounds.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol.

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, lidocaine, and menthol 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, Lidocaine, and Menthol?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Do not use more or for longer than you have been told. This may raise the chance of a very bad skin reaction or other side effect.
  • 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.
  • This medicine may cause harm if chewed or swallowed. If capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol has been put in the mouth, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Talk with the doctor before you use capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol for a child younger than 12 years old.
  • 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, lidocaine, and menthol 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, Lidocaine, and Menthol) best taken?

Use capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin.
  • Do not put on irritated skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • 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 at the same time or extra doses.
  • Put on a missed patch as soon as you think about it after taking off the old one.
  • Many times capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad irritation where capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol is used.

What are some other side effects of Capsaicin, Lidocaine, and Menthol?

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:

  • Irritation where capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol is used.

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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

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, Lidocaine, and Menthol?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat and sunlight.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • 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.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about capsaicin, lidocaine, and menthol, 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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