Zostrixand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Capsaicin
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Zostrix 0.025%.
- Manufactured by Medicis Canada Ltd.
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Over the Counter
No generic is available for Zostrix 0.025%.
Zostrix Drug Information
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Zostrix Drug Information
Zostrix is used to treat minor aches and pains of the muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). Capsaicin works by decreasing a certain natural substance in your body (substance P) that helps pass pain signals to the brain.
How to Use Zostrix
Use Zostrix on the skin only. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. For the cream, gel, and lotion forms, apply a thin layer of medication to the affected area and rub in gently and thoroughly. You may want to use a cotton ball/swab or latex glove to apply the medication to avoid touching the medication with your hands. Do not apply the medication in the eyes, mouth, nostrils, or genitals. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water. Also, do not apply Zostrix to skin that is injured or irritated (for example, cut, scraped, sunburned). Do not apply Zostrix immediately before or after activities such as bathing, swimming, sun bathing, or heavy exercise. Do not bandage or wrap the affected area or use a heating pad on that area. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects. After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using Zostrix to treat the hands. If treating the hands, wait at least 30 minutes after applying the medication to wash your hands. Use Zostrix regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Zostrix may sometimes take up to 2 months to work. Tell your doctor if your condition persists for more than 7 days, if it worsens, or if it keeps returning. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
Before using capsaicin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to zucapsaicin; or to hot peppers (from the Capsicum family); or to lidocaine or other local anesthetics that may be in your brand; or if you have any other allergies. Zostrix may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. If you have any of the following health problems,injured/irritated skin in the affected area. If you are going to have an MRI test, tell testing personnel if you are using the patch. Some patches may contain metals that can cause serious burns during an MRI. Ask your doctor whether you will need to remove your patch before the test and apply a new patch afterward, and how to do so properly. During pregnancy, Zostrix should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether Zostrix passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Zostrix, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Before using capsaicin products containing lidocaine or other local anesthetics, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take class I antiarrhythmic drugs (such as mexiletine, quinidine). Capsaicin is very similar to zucapsaicin. Do not use medications containing zucapsaicin while using capsaicin.
Zostrix Side Effects
What are Zostrix side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Zostrix may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Zostrix as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Zostrix
The side effects of Zostrix may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Zostrix. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Zostrix may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Zostrix, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Zostrix.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Zostrix, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Zostrix and the side effects associated with Zostrix are described in the following:
Common Zostrix Side Effects
- skin inflammation
- contact dermatitis
- blistering skin
Less Frequent Zostrix Side Effects
Rare or Very Rare Zostrix Side Effects
Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist. Keep all drug products away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Zostrix when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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