What is Capsaicin topical?

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Capsaicin is a topical analgesic used in the treatment of pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and some postsurgical pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 90 34
Pain 23 10
Diabetic neuropathy 11 3
Muscle and joint pain 4 3
Brachioradial pruritus 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 16
Moderate 8
Mild 8
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Capsaicin topical

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in skin 11
Burning sensation 9
Burning pain 2
Burning sensation in tongue 1
Feeling hot/overheating 1
Itching 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Capsaicin topical

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 3
0.025 % daily 1
0.025 g daily 1
0.025 % twice daily 1
0.05 g daily 1
0.075 g twice daily 1
0.075 g four times daily 1
0.1 % three times daily 1
0.075% as needed 1
1drop(s) as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Capsaicin topical

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 29
Side effects too severe 24
Other 9
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Capsaicin topical

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Capsaicin topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 13
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 16
Not specified 26
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3 patient evaluations for Capsaicin topical

Apr 19, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for osteoarthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (allergic reaction, itching, itching)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Test on a small area first! Silly me, I smeared it all over my hands, wrists, and lower arms before testing. I had a major allergic reaction - itching, swelling, etc. - and have never used it again.

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May 15, 2012 (Started Apr 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for diabetic neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (burning sensation in skin)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My skin was too sensitive to the medicine, but others might get a benifit from it if they can use Ben Gay or something simliar.

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Jul 1, 2006 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: can't remember details

  • 0 helpful marks
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