Zostrix cream contains capsaicin, a naturally occurring substance found in plants of the Solanacae family. Zostrix cream works by reducing the levels of chemical (substance P), which is involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain. Substance P is released into joints and activates other compounds involved in osteoarthritis. As Zostrix reduces the amount of substance P, it has a pain relieving effect when applied to the surface of the skin..
Contains Capsaicin (0.025%).
Lightly massage a small quantity into the skin around the affected joint four times a day, spaced by at least four hours. You may notice a tingling or burning sensation after the cream has been applied, which is quite normal particularly in the early stages of treatment. This is a sign that the cream is working and over the first few days or weeks this effect will gradually reduce.
After applying Zostrix cream wash the residue off your fingers, unless you are actually treating arthritic hand joints. Zostrix cream should not be used just after a hot bath or shower, as it can make the burning effect worse. You should begin to get pain relief within the first two weeks of treatment, but the maximum effect may take up to a month to build up as Zostrix creams works gradually.
Zostrix cream is for external use only and should not come into contact with the eyes or broken or damaged skin. If it does, wash it with plenty of soap and water. Do not put tight bandages over Zostrix cream. It is not suitable for children.