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A 28-year-old female asked:

Can i take nature's way cayenne pepper capsules during pregnancy? i want to drink something for headache and sinus! now 5 weeks pregnant!

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. J.J. Rodos
Psychiatry 63 years experience
No: Yes, you can. But in the first trimester it is wise to take nothing. Teratogenicity, causing ill effects on the infant, is not known for many medications. Unless the problem is urgent, i strongly encourage a drug free 16 weeks.
Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Why take the chance?: Pepper capsules might be perfectly safe, but we don't have any data to show that they don't cause birth defects. If you're pregnant don't assume that something sold as "natural" is safe. If it's not life and death, avoid taking anything in early pregnancy, or later on for that matter.

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