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Effect of Cayenne on Osteoarthritis

Capsaicin Cream, the common brand name for which is Zostrix, is a cream is a rubbed on the skin of an affected joint to relieve the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis.

Capsaicin cream is made from the active ingredient of hot chile peppers.

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How to Use Cayenne

Because the main ingredient in Capsaicin Cream is hot chili peppers, some people prefer to wear rubber gloves while applying the cream. If you don’t, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the cream. Be very careful not to get the cream near your eyes, as it will burn and sting. If you do get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with cool water.

Safety Issues

Capsaicin creams commonly cause an unpleasant burning sensation when they are first applied; this sensation disappears over subsequent days as treatment is continued.

As a commonly used food, cayenne is generally recognized as safe. Contrary to some reports, cayenne does not appear to aggravate stomach ulcers . 1

Interactions You Should Know About

If you are taking:

  • The asthma drug theophylline : Cayenne might increase the amount you absorb, possibly leading to toxic levels. 2
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs : Cayenne might protect your stomach from damage.

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