Last update: July 12, 2016

Capsaicin

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Capsaicin is an oleoresin contained in ripe and dry fruits of hot peppers.

It is used for seasoning food and as medicine for topical analgesia in the form of creams, gels or patches.

A low absorption into plasma (very low levels or undetectable in plasma) and rapid clearance make it highly unlikely the passage of significant amount toward breast milk.

Do not apply on the chest or thoroughly clean it off before breastfeeding.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Capsaicin.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Other names

Capsaicin is also known as


Capsaicin in other languages or writings:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Capsaicin in its composition:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Poor %
Molecular weight 305 daltons
T1/2 1,64 hours

References

  1. AEMPS. Capsaicina Ficha técnica. 2013 Full text (in our servers)
  2. EMA. Capsicum annuum European Union herbal monograph. 2013 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Babbar S, Marier JF, Mouksassi MS, Beliveau M, Vanhove GF, Chanda S, Bley K. Pharmacokinetic analysis of capsaicin after topical administration of a high-concentration capsaicin patch to patients with peripheral neuropathic pain. Ther Drug Monit. 2009 Abstract

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