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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!

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. J.J. Rodos
Psychiatry 62 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. Stephen Waszak
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Drugs and Pregnancy: There is no data to answer this question. It hasn't been tested in pregnancy for safety. That being the case i would recommend against taking it in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy during this sensitive period of organogenesis. (1) talk with your doctor. (2) medscape allows you to look up any fda approved drug to see if it is safe in pregnancy. They are rated a, b, c, or d.
Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 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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