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Qutenza (Capsaicin) - Summary

 
 



QUTENZA SUMMARY

Qutenza (capsaicin) 8% patch contains capsaicin in a localized dermal delivery system. The capsaicin in Qutenza is a synthetic equivalent of the naturally occurring compound found in chili peppers. Capsaicin is soluble in alcohol, acetone, and ethyl acetate and very slightly soluble in water. Qutenza is a single-use patch stored in a foil pouch. Each Qutenza patch is 14 cm x 20 cm (280 cm2) and consists of a polyester backing film coated with a drug-containing silicone adhesive mixture, and covered with a removable polyester release liner. The backing film is imprinted with "capsaicin 8%". Each Qutenza patch contains a total of 179 mg of capsaicin (8% in adhesive, 80 mg per gram of adhesive) or 640 micrograms (mcg) of capsaicin per square cm of patch.

Qutenza is indicated for the management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.


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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Media Articles Related to Qutenza (Capsaicin)

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Source: MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians [2015.01.24]
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Source: Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today [2015.01.23]
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Last Editorial Review: 1/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
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Scientists investigate sound waves for burning away cancer pain
Source: Bones / Orthopedics News From Medical News Today [2015.01.22]
Used primarily in medicine as a way to image the body, ultrasound at high-intensity may also provide an exciting new treatment for cancer pain, according to early trial results.

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Published Studies Related to Qutenza (Capsaicin)

Capsaicin 8% patch for treprostinil subcutaneous infusion site pain in pulmonary hypertension patients. [2014]
trepostinil-induced pain... CONCLUSIONS: Further investigation of the efficacy of capsaicin 8% patch in this

Diclofenac with or without an antiemetic for acute migraine headaches in adults. [2013]
CONCLUSIONS: Oral diclofenac potassium 50 mg is an effective treatment

Topical capsaicin (low concentration) for chronic neuropathic pain in adults. [2012]
CONCLUSIONS: There were insufficient data to draw any conclusions about

Capsaicin instillation for postoperative pain following total knee arthroplasty: a preliminary report of a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial. [2011.12.01]
BACKGROUND: Pain following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) interferes with rehabilitation. Capsaicin applied in high concentration to nociceptors can cause relatively selective C-fibre desensitization for a period of weeks to months. Resultant long-lasting analgesia might facilitate rehabilitation. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if direct instillation of a high-concentration capsaicin preparation into the wound following TKA would provide pain relief, improve physical functioning and rehabilitation, and reduce opioid requirements... CONCLUSION: Despite having higher BMIs, patients in the capsaicin group achieved comparable or better pain scores with significantly less opioid use in the first 3 postoperative days. They also had less pruritus, which may have been a consequence of the opioid-sparing effect. The effects of capsaicin with respect to function, however, appeared to be longer lasting, with improved active ROM reported at 14 days.

A randomized, double-blind, parallel trial comparing capsaicin nasal spray with placebo in subjects with a significant component of nonallergic rhinitis. [2011.08]
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of ICX72 or Sinus Buster, a proprietary homeopathic preparation of Capsicum annum and Eucalyptol, versus placebo administered continuously over 2 weeks in subjects with a significant component of nonallergic rhinitis (NAR)... CONCLUSION: This is the first controlled trial demonstrating intranasal capsaicin, when used continuously over 2 weeks, rapidly and safely improves symptoms in rhinitis subjects with a significant NAR component. Copyright (c) 2011 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Clinical Trials Related to Qutenza (Capsaicin)

Method of Pre-treatment for Application of QUTENZA Capsaicin 8% Patch [Recruiting]
The Summary of product characteristics (SmPC) for QUTENZA advises that topical anaesthetic is applied prior to the application of QUTENZA. This is a multi-center, randomized, assessor-blinded study which will investigate the use of an oral analgesic as an alternative form of pre-treatment for QUTENZA.

Acute Response Capsaicin Flare Study [Recruiting]
Prior to administering PF-04427429 to patients we wish to increase the understanding of functional effects associated with calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) pathways. This study will examine whether it is possible for a single dose of PF-04427429 to acutely attenuate a capsaicin induced flare response.

Safety and Effectiveness of Repeated Administration of QUTENZA Patches for Treatment of Pain Caused by Nerve Damage [Recruiting]
In this study all patients will be treated with the same medicine, the QUTENZA patch. Subjects will receive up to 6 QUTENZA patch applications over 12 months.

Qutenza«-Remodulin« in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients [Recruiting]
The investigators hypothesise that pre-application of Qutenza« patches to the skin may reduce pain at the site of Remodulin« SC infusion (sited 1 to 2 weeks later at the site of Qutenza pre-application), in which case it would greatly improve the quality of life of the patients, and enable many more to continue with this treatment. It may also provide new information to support the use of Qutenza« patches for preventing and reducing pain produced by inflammation.

The present study will explore the efficacy of single applications of Qutenza® (capsaicin 8% patch) in reducing site pain caused by continuous SC infusion of Remodulin®, in pulmonary arterial hypertension patients, as assessed by changes in subjective pain rating score and/or pain and sensory testing.

Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Topical Capsaicin to Reduce Pain and Improve Health-related Quality of Life in Adults With Chronic Myofascial Neck Pain [Not yet recruiting]
Chronic neck pain is a common condition that can negatively impact quality of life. Substance P is one of the chemicals in the body that can transmit pain signals from overloaded neck muscles to the brain. Topical capsaicin blocks the action of Substance P by releasing, and subsequently depleting the body's store of Substance P in the nerves. Topical capsaicin has been reported to be an effective therapy for a number of persistent pain conditions including diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-mastectomy pain. This study will evaluate the efficacy of topical capsaicin to reduce pain and improve health-related quality of life in adults with chronic muscular neck pain.

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Reports of Suspected Qutenza (Capsaicin) Side Effects

Application Site Pain (26)Application Site Erythema (15)Condition Aggravated (8)Hypertension (7)Neuralgia (7)Pain (6)Application Site Swelling (5)Application Site Pruritus (5)Dizziness (5)Application Site Vesicles (5)more >>


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