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What should I know before using capsaicin?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are breastfeeding, capsaicin may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure or have had a stroke, capsaicin may not be a good choice for you.

Capsaicin has not been proven safe for use by pregnant women.

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