Frequently Asked Questions About QUTENZA
QUTENZA contains prescription-strength capsaicin capable of producing severe irritation of the eyes, mucous membranes, respiratory tract, and skin. Only a doctor or healthcare professional under the close supervision of a doctor is to administer and handle QUTENZA. While administering QUTENZA, nitrile gloves are required and must be disposed of properly to prevent accidental contact.
Your blood pressure may be monitored periodically during and following treatment because pain during the treatment may cause your blood pressure to increase.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if you have experienced any recent heart problems prior to QUTENZA treatment.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if you:
Have high blood pressure that is not well controlled by medicine, or have had recent heart problems, stroke, or other vascular problems.
Your doctor or healthcare professional may monitor your blood pressure periodically during and following treatment.
What to Expect During QUTENZA Treatment
Some pain and burning during and following treatment can occur due to the prescription-strength capsaicin in QUTENZA. In clinical trials, on average, pain improved for most patients by the end of the treatment day. Pain increases that occurred during QUTENZA treatment usually began to decrease after QUTENZA removal.
It's important that you tell your doctor or healthcare professional how you are feeling during treatment. If you experience pain, tell your doctor or healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional may use cold packs or pain medicine to reduce treatment-related discomfort.
Also, because treatment-related pain may cause an increase in blood pressure, your doctor or healthcare professional may monitor your blood pressure periodically during and following treatment.
Do not touch QUTENZA during treatment, as this may irritate your eyes, mucous mebranes, respiratory tract, and skin.
The areas treated with QUTENZA may be sensitive to heat, so you may wish to avoid hot showers or baths, direct sunlight, and vigorous exercise for a few days following treatment.