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Package leaflet: Information for the user

ZACIN 0.025% w/w Cream
Capsaicin 0.025% w/w

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any of the side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What ZACIN is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use ZACIN
3. How to use ZACIN
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ZACIN
6. Contents of the Pack and other information
1. What ZACIN is and what it is used for
The name of this medicine is ZACIN cream. The active ingredient in this medicine is capsaicin
which is a naturally occurring substance found in plants.
ZACIN cream is used to relieve the pain from osteoarthritis.
2. What you need to know before you use ZACIN CREAM
Do not use ZACIN cream:
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to capsaicin or any of the other ingredients (listed in
section 6).
- On broken or irritated skin.
This medicine is not suitable for use in children.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Zacin cream
- Keep away from the eyes, nose and mouth (if it does accidentally get into your eyes, nose
and mouth or onto broken or irritated skin, wash off with plenty of water).
- Wash your hands immediately after applying the cream, unless the hands are the treated
areas, in which case, they should be washed 30 minutes after applying.
- Avoid hot baths or showers immediately before or just after applying ZACIN cream.
- Do not apply tight bandages on top of ZACIN cream.
- Avoid breathing in any vapours from the cream, as this can cause irritation of the eyes and
breathing difficulties (including making asthma worse).
Other medicines and Zacin Cream
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any
other medicines.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking ZACIN.
ZACIN Cream contains cetyl alcohol
ZACIN may cause local skin reations (e.g. contact dermatitis) due to the product containing
cetyl alcohol.

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3. How to use ZACIN CREAM
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
ZACIN should be applied to the affected area 4 times a day, with a gap of at least 4 hrs
between each application.
A small amount of cream (about the size of a pea) should be rubbed onto the area to be
treated with your fingers. Make sure that all the cream is rubbed in so it is no longer visible.
Wash your hands immediately after application of ZACIN, unless you are treating arthritic
hand joints, when you should wait 30 minutes before washing your hands.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, ZACIN can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
ZACIN cream can cause a burning feeling when applied. This burning is more common when:
• The cream is used more than 4 times a day.
• Too much cream is applied.
• The cream is applied just before or after a hot bath or shower.
Rarely when ZACIN cream is applied the vapour can cause brief irritation of the eyes, nose,
and throat, such as runny nose, cough or sneezing, breathlessness or worsening of asthma.
ZACIN may also cause irritation of the skin for example itching or stinging.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below).
United Kingdom
The Yellow Card Scheme at:
HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax:
+353 1 6762517. Website:;
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store ZACIN CREAM
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton and tube.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What ZACIN contains
ZACIN cream contains 0.025% capsaicin as the active ingredient. It also contains purified
water, sorbitol solution, isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, glycerol stearate,
PEG-100 stearate and benzyl alcohol as the inactive ingredients.
What ZACIN cream looks like and contents of the pack
ZACIN cream is a white cream packed in aluminium tubes with epoxyphenolic lining and
polypropylene spiked cap containing 45 gm ZACIN cream.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Cephalon UK Limited, Ridings Point, Whistler Drive, Castleford,
West Yorkshire. WF10 5HX, UK.
Pharmasol Limited, North Way, Walworth Industrial Estate, Andover,
Hampshire, SP10 5AZ, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in January 2017.
ZACIN is a registered trademark of Cephalon, inc., or its affiliates.


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