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Capsaicin (Capsaicin 179mg cutaneous patches)



Information specific to: Capsaicin 179mg cutaneous patches when used in Pain.

Capsaicin (Kap-say-sin) is a medicine which is used in peripheral neuropathic pain.

The information in this Medicine Guide for capsaicin varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Your medicine

Capsaicin helps to relieve pain. Pain relief usually begins within the first week of treatment. If your condition worsens, or improves and then returns, you should contact your prescriber. Keep Capsaicin away from the eyes.

Capsaicin is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Capsaicin is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • are tolerant to opioids
  • have had or have risk factors for developing cardiovascular problems
  • have high blood pressure which is not well controlled
  • have neuropathy caused by diabetes
  • have risk factors for developing neurological problems

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who is under the age of 18 years.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects
  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care

Over time it is possible that Capsaicin can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Capsaicin has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.


Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Capsaicin:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Capsaicin


Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Capsaicin:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Capsaicin

Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines Capsaicin can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Capsaicin:

  • you should only use this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Capsaicin, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.


Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Capsaicin:

  • it is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk

Women who are using Capsaicin must not breast-feed. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could have. You should not stop this medicine without taking advice from your doctor.

Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Capsaicin and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Capsaicin and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Capsaicin.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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