Qutenza Warnings and Precautions
A few of the conditions you should let your healthcare provider know about before using Qutenza include high blood pressure, heart disease, or a recent stroke. Other warnings and precautions for Qutenza relate to things such as a potential increase in blood pressure and the safety of using the medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your healthcare provider must apply and remove the Qutenza patch.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Qutenza?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Qutenza™ (capsaicin 8% patch) if you have:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Had a recent heart attack or stroke
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have had heart surgery recently.
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Qutenza Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Qutenza include:
- Even when numbing cream is appropriately applied ahead of time, some people may experience significant pain and discomfort during the patch application. Ice packs and pain medications may be necessary to help relieve such pain.
- Never apply a Qutenza patch by yourself or at home. Your healthcare provider should apply (and remove) the patch.
- Qutenza sometimes causes a temporary increase in blood pressure, typically related to pain or discomfort. Although it is not a problem for most people, this may be serious for people who have high blood pressure or for those who have recently had a heart attack or stroke.
- Avoid touching the patch. If you do, make sure not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or genital area until your hands have been thoroughly cleansed with a special cleansing gel that comes with Qutenza.
- Qutenza may release capsaicin particles into the air, especially if not handled properly. If you start sneezing, coughing, or experiencing shortness of breath, let your healthcare provider know right away.
- Qutenza is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Qutenza Drug Interactions).
- Qutenza is a pregnancy Category B medicine, meaning that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy (see Qutenza and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Qutenza passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using Qutenza (see Qutenza and Breastfeeding).