Qutenza® is a prescription treatment that is applied by your doctor or healthcare professional to treat post-shingles pain. After a single, 1-hour application, Qutenza® can provide 3 months of pain relief. Qutenza® is designed to deliver medicine directly into the skin, right to the nerves that cause pain after shingles. During the treatment, your doctor or healthcare professional applies Qutenza® to your skin for 1 hour.
The medicine in Qutenza® is capsaicin, a substance naturally found in chili peppers that gives them their heat sensation. Qutenza® contains 8% capsaicin.
Qutenza® is the first and only prescription-strength capsaicin product. It is pure, synthetic capsaicin in a novel, localized dermal delivery system for pain relief.
Capsaicin provides pain reduction by acting on the damaged nerves in the skin that cause pain after shingles. The effects of capsaicin wear off over time, which may be associated with the return of pain. This is when you can schedule an appointment with your doctor for another Qutenza® treatment.
Click here to learn what happens at your appointment during the treatment.
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