What is Zacin Capsaicin cream?
Zacin Capsaicin cream is a topical analgesic that contains the active ingredient capsaicin, the substance found naturally in red chilli peppers. Capsaicin works by desensitising the skin. It blocks the transmission of pain signals, inhibiting them from reaching the brain. Zacin relieves pain within one to two weeks.
What is it used for?
Zacin Capsaicin cream is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a condition in which the joints become inflamed, painful and swollen. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect all joints of the body, but it is most commonly found in the knees, wrists and hands. Although Zacin does not cure rheumatoid arthritis, it desensitises the skin and thereby helps to reduce pain. The cream is often combined with other rheumatoid arthritis medicines.
How to use Zacin Capsaicin cream
Zacin Capsaicin cream should be applied directly to the affected area and rubbed in well. Wash your hands immediately after applying the cream to avoid contact with the eyes. Rinse thoroughly with water should this occur. Do not apply Zacin cream to broken or irritated skin, and do not cover the treated area. Do not have a hot bath or shower before applying the cream, as this may enhance the burning sensation it causes.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, Zacin Capsaicin cream is usually applied as follows:
- Four times a day to the painful area(s) at intervals of at least four hours.
The duration of the treatment is decided by your doctor. Zacin Capsaicin cream is not suitable for use in children.
Zacin Capsaicin cream may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- A transient burning, sometimes stinging, sensation following application. This sensation generally disappears after several days of treatment if the cream is applied frequently.
- Skin irritation (rash, itching) due to oversensitivity to the active ingredient or one of the auxiliary substances.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Do not use Zacin Capsaicin cream without your doctor’s approval if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This product does not affect your ability to drive safely.
There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Zacin Capsaicin cream.
Was recommended to use this cream (by my orthopaedic surgeon) whilst waiting for a knee replacement. The best cream Ive ever used.