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Treatment Info for Qutenza

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • Qutenza is usually applied to the skin for 60 minutes. The application may be repeated every 12 weeks.
     
  • Do not apply a Qutenza patch by yourself. Your healthcare provider should apply it in a healthcare facility.
     
  • A numbing cream should be applied to the skin to help prevent pain caused by the patch. The numbing cream should be removed before applying the patch.
     
  • Your healthcare provider may cut the patch to an appropriate size and shape.
     
  • Even with numbing cream, you may experience significant pain or discomfort during the procedure. Ice packs and/or pain medications may be necessary to help relieve the pain.
     
  • Your healthcare provider should use nitrile gloves (not latex) when applying the patch.
     
  • After 60 minutes, the patch should be removed, and the skin should be cleansed with a special cleaning gel that comes with the patch.
     
  • The treated area may be sensitive to heat (such as showers, sunlight, or vigorous exercise) for a few days.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
     

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this medication, regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Qutenza Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Qutenza

As with any medicine, Qutenza may cause side effects. Most side effects occur during the patch application or shortly thereafter, and are generally not serious. Serious side effects are less common.
 
In studies, skin reactions at the application site were the most common side effects of this medication.
 
(Click Qutenza Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
8 Frequent Pain Syndromes

Qutenza Patch Information

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