Things You Need To Know About Capsaicin:
Capsaicin is used to relieve Muscle pain, Joint pain, or Nerve pain associated with Chronic Pain, Diabetic Neuropathy, Heumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis; be very careful about accidently getting Capsaicin in your eyes, or on any other sensitive body parts such as your genitalia because of the burning sensation Capsaicin causes; to avoid this you could use disposable plastic, or rubber gloves; if you do get Capsaicin in your eyes, immediately flush out your eyes with water and to rid other sensitive areas of Capsaicin and the burning feeling, wash the areas with warm soapy water.
NB. Keep Capsaicin well out of reach of children and do not use on children under 2 years of age.
1 - Capsaicin is the active component of Chili Peppers:
Capsaicin is actually an irritant to humans and produces a burning sensation in any tissue it touches; it works by depleting or interfering with substance P, a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain; the properties of Capsaicin make it an option for relieving pain; wash hands thoroughly after applying Capsaicin to areas of the body; if however, the Capsaicin was applied to the hands for hand pain, then wash your hands after 30 minutes.
2 - Capsaicin is available over the counter:
You do not need a prescription for Capsaicin from your doctor; you can find products containing Capsaicin in the chemist for over-the-counter purchase; though, you should follow the directions given by your doctor or the directions on the label; there are different dosages or strengths of Capsaicin available; for pain relief, Capsaicin is usually used 3 or 4 times a day and you should rub the Capsaicin cream, or gel, into the painful area until no more cream is visible on the skin.
3 - Don't use extra doses of Capsaicin:
Stick to the directions given, either by your doctor, or what is on the instructions that came with the Capsaicin product; if you should inadvertently miss a dose, use it again as soon as you remember, unless it is already close to the normal time of the next dose.
4 - Capsaicin has no known drug interaction:
Though there are no recognised drug interactions with Capsaicin, ask your doctor first in order to be sure that you can use Capsaicin safely, and continue to take your current medications; it's important to inform your doctor about any medications, or treatments, that you are using.
5 - Capsaicin may cause a burning sensation:
You will likely experience a warm, burning, stinging sensation when you begin using Capsaicin; the sensation, which is expected when beginning use, may actually continue for 2 to 4 weeks; for some the sensation always appears with use; however, the sensation should lessen the longer you use Capsaicin; reducing the number of daily doses of Capsaicin will not reduce the sensation, but it may reduce the pain relief that is achieved.
6 - The pain relief is not immediate:
Even with regular use of Capsaicin, Arthritis and Chronic pain relief will take some time; pain relief from apsaicin becomes typically evident 1 to 2 weeks after starting using Capsaicin; in order to prevent pain from returning, the use of Capsaicin must be continued; however, if pain is not reduced after using Capsaicin for 3 or 4 weeks, discuss it with your doctor.
7 - Some people should not use Capsaicin:
There are warnings about using Capsaicin under certain circumstances; therefore, before using Capsaicin, tell your doctor about any Broken Skin or Skin Irritations that you may have and discuss any previous Allergic Reactions to Capsaicin, Hot Heppers, any Other Drugs, Dyes, Foods or Preservatives and avoid using Capsaicin when Breastfeeding, during Pregnancy or when attempting to become pregnant.
8 - Research supports the use of Capsaicin for the reduction of pain:
A study from 1991 involved 70 Osteoarthritis patients and 31 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients; patients were instructed to apply 0.025% Capsaicin, or placebo, to painful knees, four times a day; the results revealed that 80% of patients treated with Capsaicin experienced pain reduction following two weeks of treatment.