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  • Generic Name: (capsaicin)
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  • Last Revised: 06/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Qutenza is a medicine used to treat pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain caused by a certain infection). Qutenza is available as a patch.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Qutenza works by affecting the way your body responds to pain.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: In studies, Qutenza has been shown to relieve pain for up to 3 months.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin treatment with Qutenza. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: redness, pain, itchiness, or rash at the application site.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Qutenza may increase your blood pressure.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Qutenza to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Qutenza. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure or if you recently had a heart attack or stroke.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will apply Qutenza for you.

      The treated area may be sensitive for a few days to heat (including hot showers or baths, direct sunlight, or vigorous exercise).

      Inhaling the ingredients of Qutenza patch may cause coughing or sneezing. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience shortness of breath or irritation in your eyes.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not touch Qutenza patch or the treatment area. If you accidently touch the patch, you may experience burning and/or stinging.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Qutenza at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Qutenza during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      Qutenza should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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