A 44-year-old member asked:
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Does zostrix (capsaicin) work well for arthritis pain?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No: I am not aware of the use of zostrix (capsaicin) for arthritis pain.
Answered on Apr 27, 2012

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Yes: Capsaicin creams contain contain pepper compounds. There may be a slight burn initially but these compounds may also help minor arthritis pain.
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Dr. Myra Skluth
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Yes: It blocks the release of substance p from pain fibers.
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rarely: If the problem is mild and localized you can try it. The chances of benefit are small.

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