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How does American Pawpaw work?

American pawpaw has chemicals that might have activity against certain lung and breast cancers.

Are there safety concerns?

American pawpaw is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin by adults and children, short-term. A shampoo containing American pawpaw extract, thymol, and tea tree oil has been applied safely to the head up to three times over 16 days. But in some people, American pawpaw extract might cause a red, itchy rash when applied to the skin.

There isn't enough information to know if American pawpaw fruit or extract are safe when taken by mouth. Eating American pawpaw fruit might cause side effects such as hives, nausea, vomiting, headache, or faintness in some people. When taken by mouth, American pawpaw extract might cause vomiting.

It can cause some side effects such as nausea, rash, and itching.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using American pawpaw if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for American Pawpaw.

The appropriate dose of American pawpaw depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for American pawpaw. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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