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Zostrix Cream 45g (High Potency) - Osteoarthritis join pain relief

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Zostrix Cream 45g (High Potency) - Osteoarthritis join pain relief


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    What is Zostrix and Zostrix HP
    Regular or High Potency?

    Two formulas depend on your pain levels - everyone is unique.
    * For Osteoarthritis pain, use original-strength Zostrix.
    * For Post Herpetic Neuralgia Pain or Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Pain, apply the extra pain-fighting power of Zostrix HP.

    Zostrix and Zostrix HP Tube usually last about 6 weeks.

    Natural ingredients. Naturally good.

    Zostrix contains a powerful natural pain reliever derived from red hot chili peppers called Capsaicin. After multiple clinical trials with Purified Capsaicin, we were able to develop a superior formulation, which can be found in Zostrix.

    Capsaicin is the active ingredient in red chili peppers. Medical uses for capsicum were first referred to in 1494. Normal strength Zostrix relieves the pain of arthritis effectively. Extra strength Zostrix relieves the pain of Post Herpetic Neuralgia and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.

    Zostrix and Zostrix HP use
    It is important to note that topical capsaicin must be applied three to four times daily for maximum benefit. Relief may be experienced within a few days but it often takes two or more weeks before you feel maximal relief. As with all medical treatments, consumers should expect that a particular analgesic may reduce their pain, but rarely will any treatment, topical or otherwise, alleviate all pain associated with arthritis, post-herpetic neuralgia or diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The goal of Zostrix or Zostrix HP therapy is to help manage the daily pain experienced by sufferers.

    How does Zostrix and Zostrix HP stop the pain?
    Zostrix works with your body's chemistry to lower your level of Substance P, the body's "pain messenger". When Substance P is reduced, so is the pain. By using Zostrix 3 to 4 times a day, Capsaicin builds up, Substance P fades, and so does your pain.

    How does Zostrix and Zostrix HP stop the pain?
    Zostrix works with your body's chemistry to lower your level of Substance P, the body's "pain messenger". When Substance P is reduced, so is the pain. By using Zostrix 3 to 4 times a day, Capsaicin builds up, Substance P fades, and so does your pain.

    How often should you apply Zostrix and Zostrix HP?
    Little and often is the rule – apply the cream 4 times a day.

    Because Zostrix/Zostrix HP works so differently from other painkillers its effect builds up gradually over a period of weeks. Do not be disappointed if you do not feel immediate pain relief. Pain relief is gradual and may take up to 4-6 weeks to take full effect.



    Simply apply it over the painful area 3 to 4 times a day. These applications should be evenly spaced throughout the waking hours and not more often than every 4 hours. The cream should be gently rubbed in, there should be no residue left on the surface. You might experience a burning sensation. Perhaps you'll see redness on your skin. Don't worry. That's the active ingredient, Capsaicin, working. The sensation should fade within a few days. Remember, don't expect results in a day or two. Zostrix or Zostrix HP needs time to build up Capsaicin and reduce Substance P in your system. In a week or two, you'll feel relief. And you'll feel it as long as you use Zostrix or Zostrix HP on a daily basis.

    Apply only a fingertip’s amount to the affected area by gently massaging it with your fingers. You do not need to cover the whole painful area as the cream will act on nerves in the wide area. Don’t apply more than a single blob – it won’t work any better and just wastes the cream.

    Always wash your hands after use unless you are using the cream on your hands. The cream can irritate your eyes if you accidentally touch or rub them with fingers that still have cream on them.


    Advice before using Zostrix HP cream

    Do not use Zostrix HP cream on broken or irritated skin. Keep away from the eyes. Patients using Zostrix HP cream for the treatment of painful diabetic peripheral polyneuropathy, (damage to the nerves to the limbs), should do so under the direct supervision of a physician. Usually your physician will advise a course of treatment lasting eight weeks or less and will assess your condition after this time, before deciding whether you should continue with this treatment.


    Main Ingredient

    Capsaicin USP 0.075% w/w


    List of other ingredients

    Zostrix HP cream also contains purified water, sorbitol solution, isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate and benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol is used as a preservative.


    Does Zostrix and Zostrix HP cause any side effects?
    You may feel a brief burning sensation some time after you first apply the cream. This effect is normal, and tends to disappear with time. It is more common when the cream is applied less than 3-4 times a day, so it is important to apply the cream regularly, both to improve results and minimise this effect, if it happens.

    If you experience any other side effects or are worried about your treatment consult your pharmacist or doctor. If your condition worsens, seek medical advice. If your condition clears up and then recurs within a few days, stop using Zostrix HP cream and consult your doctor.

    * Don’t apply cream to cracked or broken skin. Zostrix HP 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 off with plenty of soap and water.
    * Don’t apply cream just after or before a hot bath or shower as it can make any stinging worse.
    * Not suitable for use in children under 2 years of age. If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, make sure you have told your physician before you use this cream.


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    Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label carefully and use strictly as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects please consult your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional. Vitamins are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet.