Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
Posted on Mar 02, 2011
Peripheral Neuropathy is a common problem, and Utah podiatrist and neuropathy specialist Dr Gibson is constantly looking for newer treatments for neuropathy.  In a recent article by CNBC, a new treatment was introducted for peripheral neuropathy called Qutenza(TM) (capsaicin 8% w/w dermal patch) in Sweden.  Is this a new treatment for neuropathy?

- Capsaicin has been available in various forms for many years.  The most common form utilized in the US is Zostrix cream, but it also can be prescribed as a patch Qutenza to be used for 60min for severe pain in the US.  It is not a new treatment, but was recently approved by the government to be reimbursed in Sweden. 

- Capsaicin is a valuable adjunct treatment designed from red peppers and is thought to over stimulate the nerves to produce pain relief.  This is not always effective, but can be considered especially in individuals where other pain treatments are not working.

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