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Posted by Jeena (NY) on 07/22/2023

After making a drink with cayenne pepper, I fainted. It went down with no problem. The taste was not bad because I added lemon to the water with the cayenne pepper. 20 minutes after consuming the drink I made I began to feel nausea and become lightheaded and passed out.

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Posted by Alla (Chicago, Il) on 02/20/2014

Hi Ted and all! I usually have low BP, but after I take a quarter of powdered cayenne papper diluted in warm water my BP goes up and my heart rate becomes stronger and faster than usual. I also noticed that if I take it in the evening I dream very scary dreams and wake up in the middle of the night with high BP and fast heart rate. Can someone please help me to understand the reason and recommend if I need to keep trying or stop using it?

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Posted by Mario (Dallas Tx, Texas U.s) on 04/10/2013

I have been using cayenne pepper for a few months but I have to stop because it causes throat irritation. I like to continue using it, BUT I do not know how to minimize the condition. Any suggestion, will be appreciated.

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Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/23/2013

Hi Walter, The same thing happened to me today I took 1/4 teaspoon with a glass of water and felt like I was about to vomit so I quickly ran and got a glass of water and the feeling soon went away. Perhaps the cayenne pepper is too strong for our bodies, everyone is diferent and I am a new to eating hot spicey food so if you're the same then I guess that's why it's happening. I'm going to post and ask a few questions and hopefully someone will give us an answer soon enough and good luck.

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Posted by Walter (Beeville, Texas) on 10/17/2011

The last 4 times I took 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water I vomited 3 times and one time I did not vomit. Why? Walter

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Posted by Nate (Portland, Oregon) on 03/27/2011

I have been drinking 1/4 teaspoon of organic cayenne pepper (30K) once a day for the past two days. My stomach is fine and I feel great after drinking it. Although, for the past two nights I have been unable to sleep. My mind doesn't seem to shut down. Everything that I read states that cayenne should augment my sleep. Does anyone know why I am experiencing this side effect?

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Posted by Curt (Leesburg, Va) on 11/11/2010

The other night almost the same thing happen to me. I ate my dinner and then took my cayenne pills (2 of them). Minutes later I started to feel this pain in my stomach. It got worse and worse.... I thought maybe I had to throw up but I really don't like to so I tried not to. I walked into the living room and almost passed out. I laid down on the couch and went into a heavy sweat. Slowly the pain went away and I came back to reality.

Since then I have taken my cayenne pills before I eat. This has not happen again BUT... I can't help but want it to happen again. Even though the pain was really bad at first..... I felt great after the episode was over.

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Posted by Gulay Ersoz (Los Angeles, CA) on 11/11/2007

I have been taking one cayenne pepper pill a day with warm lemonade in the mornings for the last 2 weeks or so. I experience slight heartburn like feeling but it was not a big problem. Two days ago, I took two pills instead of one, and it was no more than 3 minutes after I swallowed the pills, I had the extreme cramping in my stomach, became very dizzy, my left arm was hurting and I felt tingling on my fingers and legs... Not only the pain was extremely bad, my head was spinning, I was having hard time walking in my kitchen. I was hot, I just wanted to stop the cramping and managed to throw up. Took two Tums... With the hyper ventilation and dizziness, I laid in the bath tub and turned the cold water on, (I was so out of it and unable to control my reflexes, I couldn't even take my clothes off) it took about another 10-15 minutes before the pain went away, and I actually managed to get up and walk around... I called my doctor friend and she asked me if I experienced chest pain, I said no. Other than that I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. Went to see a doctor, and after the EKG, I was told that I had a bad reaction to cayenne pepper. It was not a joking matter for me, as I was home alone with my 3 year old sleeping in her bed, I had to have a reality check. How healthy is it to be trying to be healthy???