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Capsaicin HP (Canada)
Mechanism of Action
May deplete and prevent reaccumulation of substance P, principal transmitter of pain impulses, from periphery to CNS.
Indications and Usage
Temporary relief of pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; relief of neuralgias (eg, pain after shingles, diabetic neuropathy).
Temporary relief of pain of psoriasis, vitiligo, intractable pruritus, postmastectomy and postamputation neuroma (phantom limb syndrome), vulvar vestibulitis, apocrine chromidrosis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Dosage and AdministrationAdults and Children 2 yr and over
Apply to affected area 3 to 4 times/day or less. Wash hands immediately after application.
Store at room temperature.
None well documented.
Laboratory Test Interactions
None well documented.
Burning; stinging; erythema.
Cough; respiratory irritation.
Undetermined. Capsaicin is for external use only.
Note that transient burning may occur during initial course of therapy but will decrease in a few days. Burning is more common when medication is applied more than 3 times/day.
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