Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

A nurse or other trained healthcare professional will apply the topical Qutenza™ patch to the affected area.

If you are using the topical cream, gel, lotion, or ointment for neuralgia, muscle pain, or arthritis, follow the instructions on the medicine label.

Be careful not to get any of this medicine in your eyes, because it can cause severe eye irritation. If the medicine does get in your eyes, wash the eyes with water and check with your doctor right away.

If capsaicin gets on your face, scalp, or in your mouth, it may cause a burning sensation. Wash these areas with warm (not hot) soapy water.

If you are using the cream, gel, lotion, or ointment:

  • Do not put the medicine on wounds or irritated skin.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine and use your fingers to rub it in well so very little or no medicine is left on the skin.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after applying the medicine to avoid getting it in your eyes or on other sensitive areas of the body.
  • If you are using capsaicin for arthritis in your hands, do not wash your hands for at least 30 minutes after applying it.
  • If a bandage is being used on the treated area, do not wrap it tightly.
  • Use the medicine regularly every day as directed. It may take a full 2 weeks before your pain goes away.
  • If your condition gets worse, or does not improve after one month, stop using the medicine and check with your doctor.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage form (cream, gel, lotion, or ointment):
    • For arthritis, muscle pain, or neuralgia:
      • Adults and teenagers—Apply regularly 3 or 4 times a day and rub in well.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.