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A 44-year-old female asked:

Doctor, i'm a dvt patient still taking warfarin, can i take cayenne pepper spice? am told it is good for blood circulation.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 48 years experience
Caution: This herb capsicum (cayenne) may have the potential to prolong clotting time, so people taking warfarin should exercise caution before eating quantities of chili peppers. Cayenne also inhibits liver enzymes (cyp1a2) and thus slows the metabolism of warfarin. The combined effect could lead to an increased risk of bleeding.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Yes: Not harmful, tasty, not particularly helpful to blood vessels.

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