Capsicum (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:African chilies, Ausanil, more...capsaicin, cayenne, chili pepper, green chili pepper, Louisiana long pepper, Mexican chilies, paprika, pimento, red pepper, tabasco pepper
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Suggested Dosing

Topical

Apply 0.025%-0.075% TID-QID; minimum 4 weeks

May take up to 14 days for full analgesic effect

Avoid using near eyes or on sensitive skin

Wash hands after applying

Oral

Fruit: 30-120 PO TID

Tincture: 0.6-2 ml/dose PO

Oleoresin: 0.6-2 mg/dose PO

Intranasal

Migraine (Ausanil): Spray 1-2 times into nostril

Prurigo Nodularis

Apply 0.025%-0.3% topically 4-6 x/day

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Suggested Uses

Post-herpetic pain (shingles)

Circulatory problems (peripheral), clotting disorders, diarrhea, digestion problems, fibromyalgia (topical), heart disease (prevention), neuralgias (topical), neuropathies (topical), pain syndromes (topical), prurigo nodularis

Migraine (intranasal)

Efficacy

Effective for pain relief

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Interactions

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Bleeding

            Local burning sensation

            Contact dermatitis

            Cough

            Flushing

            Gastroenteritis

            GI irritation

            Hepatic damage

            Lacrimation

            Mucous membrane irritation

            Ocular irritation

            Renal damage

            Rhinorrhea

            Sweating

            Urticaria (topical use)

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Damaged skin (topical use), hypersensitivity to peppers, infectious GI conditions (oral use), inflammatory GI conditions (oral use), open wounds (topical use)

            Cautions

            Concurrent sedative meds

            Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, etc. after topical application until it is washed off

            Do not apply external heat after topical capsaicin application

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA: Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Active constituent, capsaicin, binds to neuronal transient potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TPRV1), depletes substance P; decreases pain perception

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