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Zostrix-HP is a topical analgesic cream used to treat minor aches and pains in the muscles and joints, such as arthritis, backache, sprains, and diabetic nerve pain. It contains 0.08% capsaicin as its active ingredient. Capsaicin works by temporarily reducing a certain substance in the body that helps transmit pain signals to the brain.
Use and Dosage
Zostrix-HP cream should be applied to the affected area three to four times a day or as directed by a healthcare provider. Hands should be washed thoroughly before and after application, and it should not be applied to wounds or damaged skin.
Do not use Zostrix HP cream on any area of skin other than the intended application site. It is vital to read and follow all directions on the product package. Avoid getting Zostrix HP cream in your eyes, mouth, nostrils, or genitals. In case of any exposure to these areas, rinse with plenty of water. If the area of application is injured, scraped, sunburnt or irritated, do not apply the medication.
Do not apply Zostrix HP cream before or after activities such as swimming, bathing, sunbathing, or engaging in heavy exercise. It is also not advisable to bandage or wrap the affected area, or to use a heating pad in that area. These activities may increase the risk of experiencing side effects.
Wash your hands after using Zostrix HP cream, except when treating your hands. If treating your hands, give at least 30 minutes from the time of application before washing your hands.
For effective usage of Zostrix HP cream, use it regularly at the same time each day. It may take up to two months to experience relief. If your pain lasts longer than seven days, gets worse, or repeatedly comes back, contact your healthcare provider. Seek immediate medical assistance if you suspect a serious medical problem.
Common Side Effects of Zostrix HP (Capsaicin - non-Rx):
- Application site redness
- Fluid retention (edema)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Skin bumps
- Temporary increased pain at application site (dissipates with continued use)
Serious Side Effects of Zostrix HP (Capsaicin - non-Rx):
- Skin odor
- Changes in taste
Forms and Strength
Zostrix HP (Capsaicin - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Zostrix HP: Cream
- This medication is for external use only. Do not apply it to wounds or to damaged or irritated skin.
- Capsaicin cream can cause a burning sensation, skin redness, and irritation at the application site. Wash your hands after applying the cream and avoid touching your eyes or nose.
- This medication may interact with other medications or medical conditions, so talk to a healthcare provider before using it.
- Zostrix-HP is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age without the advice of a healthcare provider.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using Zostrix-HP.
- Zostrix-HP may cause allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. People who are allergic to chili peppers or other members of the nightshade family should not use Zostrix-HP.
- Zostrix-HP may cause a temporary increase in pain before it starts to relieve pain.
- Zostrix-HP should not be used on areas of skin that have undergone radiation therapy.
- Avoid applying heat (such as heating pads or hot water bottles) or cold to the area being treated with Zostrix-HP.
- Keep Zostrix-HP cream out of the reach of children and pets.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Zostrix HP addictive?
No, Zostrix HP is not addictive.
How long does it take for Zostrix HP to work?
The exact length of time it takes for Zostrix HP to work can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their pain. Some people may experience relief within a few days, while others may take up to several weeks to see significant improvement.
Is Zostrix HP available over the counter or by prescription only?
Zostrix HP is available over the counter and does not require a prescription.
How should Zostrix HP be stored?
Zostrix HP should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight. It should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
It's important to purchase Zostrix HP from verified Canadian pharmacy.