Last update: July 12, 2016
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.
We do not have alternatives for Capsaicin.
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