The Papaya enzyme is often taken orally to relieve stomach pain. Papaya contains papain, which is a digestive enzyme. Taking this enzyme can speed up digestion and calm the stomach. The Papaya enzyme has many other uses, such as reducing fever, pain and swelling. Although papaya is a natural supplement and usually very gentle and well tolerated, there are some (though rare) side effects.
Side effects of the papaya enzyme
You are likely to develop allergic reactions to the papaya enzymes if you take too much. Itching, urticaria or even difficulty breathing can be the result. To avoid this, only take the dosages recommended in the package.
Although papaya is used to treat ulcers, it can also occur if the enzyme is overdone. It can also cause esophageal irritation, which can feel like heartburn.
Occasionally, nausea and abdominal pain can occur when the papaya enzyme is taken. This is usually mild and stops when you stop taking supplements.
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A slower heart rate can also be a rare side effect of taking a papaya enzyme. If this happens and does not improve, consult your doctor.
There are some medications that may interact with the papaya enzyme. If you are taking prescription or non-prescription drugs, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking the papaya enzyme. This is especially true if you are taking digestive enzymes or warfarin.