Unripe papaya contains a chemical called papain. Papain breaks down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. But papain is changed in the stomach, so it's not clear if it's effective as medicine when taken by mouth. Papaya also contains a chemical called carpain, which seems to be able to kill certain parasites and might affect the central nervous system.
People use papaya for cancer, diabetes, dengue fever, HPV, and many other conditions, but there's no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness ?
We currently have no information for PAPAYA overview.
The unripe papaya fruit is possibly unsafe. Unripe papaya fruit contains papaya latex, which contains an enzyme called papain. Taking large amounts of papain might damage the esophagus.
When applied to the skin: The ripe papaya fruit is possibly safe when applied to the skin or gums for up to 10 days. Applying unripe papaya fruit to the skin is possibly unsafe. Unripe papaya fruit contains papaya latex. This can cause severe irritation and allergic reactions in some people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Breast-feeding: Ripe papaya fruit is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if papaya is safe to use as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Latex allergy: If you have a latex allergy, use caution with papaya or products that contain papaya. You may also be allergic to papaya.
Papain allergy: Unripe papaya contains papain. If you are allergic to papain, avoid unripe papaya.
Surgery: Papaya that has been fermented can lower blood sugar. This form of papaya might affect blood sugar during and after surgery. If you are taking papaya, you should stop 2 weeks before surgery.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with PAPAYA
Warfarin is used to slow blood clotting. Papaya might increase the effects of warfarin and increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with PAPAYA
Papaya might lower blood sugar levels. Taking papaya along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Amiodarone (Cordarone) interacts with PAPAYA
Taking papaya extract by mouth along with amiodarone might increase the amount of amiodarone in the body. This might increase the effects and adverse effects of amiodarone.
Levothyroxine (Synthroid, others) interacts with PAPAYA
Eating large amounts of papaya might reduce the effects of levothyroxine.
Be cautious with this combination
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