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How could the shortage of capsaicin cream affect this patient?

How could the shortage of capsaicin cream affect this patient?

Mrs Coyle, an elderly lady, suffers from osteoarthritis in her knees. “I have been using this Zacin cream for years,” she tells you. “It works OK, but Cathy across the road told me pharmacies can’t get hold of it at the moment”.

“What should I do?” she asks you. “I need something for when the pain gets bad.”

What is capsaicin cream used for?

Topical capsaicin is licensed for symptomatic relief of pain in osteoarthritis (Zacin cream 0.025%) and for symptomatic relief of neuralgia associated with and following Herpes Zoster infections after lesions have healed (Axsain 0.075%). It is also available as a patch (Qutenza 179mg patch), which is used in the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain in adults either alone or in combination with other medicinal

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