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 87 31
Pain 22 9
Diabetic Neuropathy 10 3
Muscle and joint pain 4 3
Brachioradial Pruritus 2 1
Fibromyalgia 2 2

Show all 26 reasons taken


  • 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 7
Mild 7
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Capsaicin topical

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in skin 10
Burning sensation 9
Allergic reaction 2
Burning Pain 2
Burning sensation in hands 1
Burning sensation in tongue 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Capsaicin topical

Dosage Patients
0.025 g four times daily 2
0.075 g twice daily 2
0.025% as needed 2
0.1% as needed 2
1other as needed 2
0.075 % four times daily 1
0.075 g four times daily 1
0.02% as needed 1
0.075% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Capsaicin topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 25
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
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Capsaicin topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 12
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 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 15
Not specified 25
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3 patient evaluations for Capsaicin topical

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woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 21 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Capsaicin topical history

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F53y
FM:14y Dx
CFS:25y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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Snorkie
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Snorkie
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 13 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

See Snorkie's full Capsaicin topical history

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.

  • 0 helpful marks
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