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Zostrix Arthritis Pain Relief Cream (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Zostrix Arthritis Pain Relief Cream (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Zostrix Arthritis Pain Relief Cream (old formulation) is 2.

Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
CAPSAICIN
Appeared as: CAPSAICIN 0.025% (TOPICAL ANALGESIC)

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

Fair

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (PURIFIED)

Fair
SORBITOL
Appeared as: SORBITOL SOLUTION

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Capsaicin 0.025% (Topical Analgesic), Inactive Ingredients: Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG 100 Stearate, Water (Purified), Sorbitol Solution, White Petrolatum

Directions from packaging:

For persons under 18 years of age, ask a doctor before using. Apply a thin film of cream to the affected area and gently rub in until fully absorbed. For optimum relief apply 3 to 4 times daily Best results typically occur after 2 to 4 weeks of continuous use. Unless treating hands, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after use. See package insert for more information. Store at 15° - 30° C (59°-86° F)

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Do not apply to wounds or to damaged or irritated skin. When using this product: you may experience a burning sensation which is normal and related to the way the product works. With regular use, this sensation generally disappears within several days. Do not get it on mucous membranes, into eyes, or on contact lenses. If this occurs, rinse the affected area thoroughly with water. Do not apply immediately before or after activities such as bathing, swimming, sun bathing, or strenuous exercise. Do not apply heat to the treated areas immediately before or after use. Do not tightly wrap or bandage the treated area. Avoid inhaling airborne material from dried residue. This can result in coughing, sneezing, tearing, throat or respiratory irritation. Stop use and ask a doctor if: condition worsens or does not improve after regular use, blistering occurs, difficulty breathing or swallowing occurs, or sever burning persists. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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