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Qutenza Side Effects

A few common side effects of Qutenza include reactions at the application site, nausea, and a runny nose. In most cases, these side effects are minor and are easily treated. However, make sure to notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious problems, such as hives, shortness of breath, or unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat.

An Introduction to Qutenza Side Effects

As with any medicine, Qutenza™ (capsaicin 8% patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. Most side effects occur when the patch is applied or shortly thereafter. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Qutenza. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Qutenza

Qutenza has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Qutenza were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in another group of people using a low-dose capsaicin patch (such as those available without a prescription). As a result, it was possible to see what Qutenza side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the low-dose patch.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Qutenza included:
  • Reactions at the application site, including:


    • Redness -- in up to 63 percent of people
    • Pain -- up to 42 percent
    • Itching -- up to 6 percent
    • Bumps on the skin -- up to 6 percent
    • Fluid retention -- up to 4 percent
    • Swelling -- up to 2 percent
    • Dryness -- up to 2 percent


  • Nausea -- up to 5 percent
  • Runny or stuffy nose and/or sore throat -- up to 4 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 2 to 3 percent of people) included:
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