Qutenza® is designed to deliver medicine into the skin, right to the nerves that cause pain after shingles. Your doctor or healthcare professional will apply Qutenza® directly on your skin where you are experiencing pain. Your Pain Profile Tool can help you map your pain for your doctor prior to your appointment.
On the day of your appointment, be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing. Also, read about considerations for driving after the treatment.
It's important that you know what to expect on the day of treatment.
Your doctor or healthcare professional will identify and mark the painful areas on your skin.
A numbing gel or cream will be applied to the painful area and left on long enough to reduce discomfort associated with the Qutenza® patch application. The gel or cream is removed prior to applying Qutenza®.
The Qutenza® patch or patches (up to 4) can be cut to the shape of the painful area and applied on your skin for 1 hour. Your skin may become red or you may feel a burning sensation during this time. Your doctor or healthcare professional may manage pain during the treatment with a cold pack or may provide pain medicines, if required.
After Qutenza® is removed, the treatment area is cleaned with a special Cleansing Gel.
Lastly, the Cleansing Gel is removed and the area is gently washed with mild soap and water, then dried.
Please rollover each step to view details of the application process.
Some pain during the treatment is common, due to the pure, concentrated, synthetic capsaicin in Qutenza®. So it's important that you tell your doctor or healthcare professional how you are feeling during the application process. Don't just "tough it out"—tell them about your pain. They can help reduce your discomfort.
Also, because the pain may increase some people's blood pressure, your doctor or healthcare professional will measure your blood pressure during your treatment.
A topical numbing cream is applied to the site of pain prior to applying Qutenza® to reduce treatment-related discomfort associated with the Qutenza® application. Your doctor or healthcare professional may use cold packs or pain medicine to reduce treatment-related discomfort.
Qutenza® is unlikely to have an effect on your ability to drive. However, some pain-reducing medicines may be used during and after your treatment. These may influence your ability to drive or use machinery on the days they are taken. Talk to your doctor before your appointment about whether or not you should have someone to drive you home after the treatment.
For a few days after your treatment, the treated area may be sensitive to heat, so avoid activities such as hot showers or baths, direct sunlight, and exercising.
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