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Is it normal to use capsaicin for back pain?

Is it normal to use capsaicin for back pain?

Yes with moderation: This medication is used to treat minor aches and pains of the muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). It may also be used to treat nerve pain. Capsaicin works by decreasing a certain natural substance in your body (substance p) that helps pass pain signals to the brain. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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I used a topical muscle relief at 17 weeks pregnant. The medical ingredients are menthol 4% w/w and capsaicin .025% w/w. Is my baby ok? One time use

I used a topical muscle relief at 17 weeks pregnant.  The medical ingredients are menthol 4% w/w and capsaicin .025% w/w. Is my baby ok?  One time use

Relax - check w/ ob: Don't worry - one use will probably be safe at this stage of pregnancy. It's not advised in last 3 mths and use should be very limited earlier - but once is limited. Ask your obgyn for alternatives o use in the future. Relax. ...Read more

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What is capsaicin?

What is capsaicin?

alkaloid of chilies: Capsaicin is active ingredient of red chilies found to have some anticancer properties in prostate , lung and other cancers although the evidence is not overwhelming. ...Read more

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Where can I get capsaicin?

OTC: Any pharmacy or large supermarket should carry it. It is an over the counter cream. ...Read more

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Is there is an oral capsaicin pill?

Is there is an oral capsaicin pill?

Capsaicin pill: No. But you can get variants in some of the rally hot sauces. ...Read more

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How can I build up tolerance to capsaicin?

Capsaicin: You do not usually develop a tolerance to this. You may note the effects as dramatically as when you first applied it. ...Read more

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What is capsaicin and where can you get it?

What is capsaicin and where can you get it?

Pepper: Capsaicin is an ingredient in peppers (cayenne, chili) that gives them their heat. It is found in cream form and can be used to relieve pain. It is available without a prescription at drugstores. ...Read more

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Do you know of any good research articles on capsaicin?

Yes!: Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus capsicum.While initially making tissue coming in contact have a burning sensation, it eventually relieves pain by expending substance p, from nerves! a good paper:dray a (1992)."mechanism of action of capsaicin-like molecules on sensory neurons". Life sci. 51 (23):1759–65 in a rheumatology-good arthritis rx. ...Read more

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It possible to build up a taste tolerance to capsaicin quickly?

It possible to build up a taste tolerance to capsaicin quickly?

Why: Capsaicin cream applied topically may help joint and muscle pain. Taking extra capsaicin orally has no proven health benefit. Capsaicin is what gives peppers their "heat." yes, the tongue can quickly adapt to eating spicy foods if that is what you mean. When applying topical capsaicin, be careful as the applying finger should be kept away from the eyes and vulvovaginal areas. ...Read more

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