Temporary relief of muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, simple backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Capzasin-P cream is a topical analgesic. Exactly how it works is unknown, but it is thought to decrease the amount of a certain substance (substance P) that transmits pain in the body.

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  • Examples include Capzasin-P and Zostrix
  • Temporary burning or stinging at the application site that usually disappears in a few days.

    Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty breathing or swallowing; irritation, redness, blistering, or severe or persistent burning at the application site.
  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Capzasin-P cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information. Apply just enough medicine to cover the affected area. Gently massage the medicine into skin until it disappears. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after using Capzasin-P cream unless your hands are part of the treated area. If you are using Capzasin-P cream on your hands, allow 30 minutes for the medicine to absorb before washing. During this time, avoid touching damaged or irritated skin, contact lenses, or your eyes, nose, mouth, or other mucous membranes. Wash hands after 30 minutes. Do not apply to wounds or damaged, broken (open), or irritated skin. Do not bandage or wrap the affected area. Do not use Capzasin-P cream with a heating pad. Do not expose the treated area to heat or direct sunlight. Warm or hot water or sunlight may increase the likelihood of burning or itching. Do not use Capzasin-P cream immediately after bathing, swimming, using a hot tub, sunbathing, or exposure to heat. If you miss a dose of Capzasin-P cream, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.