A 39-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

are there any good research articles on capsaicin or pepper nasal sprays to help migraines?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Migraines and chili: There are some small studies looking at the effects of capsaicin on controlling the pain associated with migraines. Some of these studies are favorable, but clinicians favor larger, blinded studies in which both the treating physician and patient are unaware of the treatment. That bar has not been reached yet. Please discuss with your physician.
Answered on Aug 11, 2012

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Matos
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Possibly: Capsaicin will stimulate the pain nerves and may confuse your pain sensors. If your migraines are triggered by nasal pressure then it might work.
1
1 thank
A member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
What kind of spray?: if it is saline nasal wash use it again, given that you have an irritant in your nose, no problem with overusing it, but if it is other kind of spray ... Read More
1
1 thank
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Time: It is not clear if there is an antidote to pepper oil. It may just take time to clear out. Your friend should clear out her nose with water to facilit ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Hot pepper chill out: Trigeminal nerve pain? Capsacain puts the hot in chili peppers and raises our pain threshold so things don't hurt as much. Some folks have reported re ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month