What is in this leaflet:
- Introduction to Capsicam and its uses
- Important considerations before using Capsicam
- Instructions for using Capsicam
- Potential side effects
- Storage guidelines for Capsicam
- Contents and packaging information
- Introduction to Capsicam and its uses
Capsicam is a locally applied analgesic and warmth-producing ointment designed to alleviate joint and muscle pain.
Important considerations before using Capsicam
Before using Capsicam, please be aware of the following:
- Do not use Capsicam if you are allergic to dimethyl sulfoxide, camphor, turpentine oil, benzyl nicotinate, nonivamide, or any other ingredients listed in section 6.
- Avoid using Capsicam if you have ulcers or skin diseases.
Warnings and precautions:
To ensure safe usage, follow these precautions:
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Capsicam.
- Do not apply the ointment on damaged skin.
- Avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes to prevent severe irritation.
- Refrain from exposing the treated area to heat immediately before or after applying the ointment, as it may cause burning or itching.
- Test your sensitivity to the ointment with a small amount beforehand.
Children and adolescents:
Due to limited data on its use in this age group, Capsicam is not recommended for children and adolescents.
Interaction with other medicines:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are using or have recently used, as interactions are not known.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility:
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Capsicam if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to become pregnant, or suspect you might be pregnant. It is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to insufficient safety data.
Driving and operating machinery:
Capsicam does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Capsicam contains cetostearyl alcohol (type A) and bronopol:
These ingredients may cause local skin reactions, including contact dermatitis.
Instructions for using Capsicam
Follow these instructions for proper use:
- Capsicam is for external use only.
- Adults: When using the ointment as a warmth-producing product for sports-related purposes, apply 2 to 3 grams using the applicator and gently massage it into the affected area until the skin becomes lightly red. After training, wash off the ointment with cool water.
- For pain relief, apply 1 to 3 grams of ointment 2 to 3 times a day on the affected area. Adjust the amount based on the intensity of the pain. Cover with a bandage to enhance the thermal effect. A course of treatment typically requires 50 to 100 grams of ointment.
- After each application, wash your hands with cool water and soap.
- If you find the ointment’s effect too strong or too weak, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Overuse of Capsicam:
Applying excessive amounts of the ointment can cause severe irritation. If this occurs, wash off the ointment from the skin. If a child accidentally swallows the ointment, seek immediate medical attention. Do not induce vomiting.
If you forget to use Capsicam, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next application, continue with the prescribed amount. Do not double the dose.
Discontinuation of Use:
If you have any further questions regarding the use of this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Potential side effects
Although not everyone experiences side effects, Capsicam may cause the following:
Rare side effects (affecting up to one user in 1,000):
- Itching (pruritus)
Unknown frequency (frequency cannot be estimated from available data):
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Burning sensation on the skin
- Urticaria (short-lived hives of varied size)
- Swelling (edema)
- Reddening of the skin (erythema)
If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue the use of the ointment and wash it off the skin. The listed symptoms usually disappear within 8 to 12 hours after discontinuing the use. To minimize side effects, it is recommended to perform a sensitivity test by applying a small amount of the ointment.
Storage guidelines for Capsicam
- Store Capsicam below 25°C.
- Do not refrigerate or freeze.
- Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date stated on the carton (last day of the month).
- Properly dispose of any unused medicine to protect the environment. Consult your pharmacist for guidance on discarding unused medicines.
Contents and packaging information
It contains the following active substances:
- Dimethyl sulfoxide
- Turpentine oil
- Benzyl nicotinate
Each gram of ointment contains the following amounts:
- 50 mg dimethyl sulfoxide
- 30 mg camphor
- 30 mg turpentine oil
- 20 mg benzyl nicotinate
- 2 mg nonivamide
Other ingredients include:
- Emulsifying cetostearyl alcohol (type A)
- Sodium cetostearyl sulfate
- Polysorbate 80
- Distilled water
Capsicam ointment is a white or slightly yellowish ointment with a camphor and turpentine odor. It is available in 30 g or 50 g aluminum tubes, along with an applicator, packaged in a folded carton box. Please note that not all pack sizes may be available in the market.