Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

US Brand Name

  1. Arthricare For Women
  2. Capsagel
  3. Capsagesic-HP Arthritis Relief
  4. Capsin
  5. Double Cap
  6. Icy Hot Arthritis Therapy
  7. Pain Enz
  8. Rid-A-Pain
  9. Sportsmed
  10. Therapatch Warm
  11. Trixaicin
  12. Zostrix


Capsaicin is used to help relieve a certain type of pain known as neuralgia (shingles). Capsaicin is also used to help relieve minor pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis or muscle sprains and strains. This medicine will not cure any of these conditions.

Neuralgia is a pain that comes from the nerves near the surface of your skin. This pain may occur after an infection with herpes zoster (shingles or postherpetic neuralgia). Capsaicin will help relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia, but it will not cure the condition.

This medicine is available both over-the-counter (OTC) and with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Cream
  • Lotion
  • Patch, Extended Release
  • Solution