Qutenza is a topical medication applied in office by a provider. Qutenza contains capsaicin which provides up to three months of pain relief for patients with painful neuropathy of the feet caused by diabetic neuropathy. Qutenza is the first and only treatment of its kind to deliver prescription-strength capsaicin directly to the skin.
For Qutenza, temporary increases in pain may be common on the day of treatment. Pain increases that occur during Qutenza treatment usually begin to decrease after Qutenza removal.
On average, for most patients in clinical trials, pain subsided by the end of the treatment day.