What are the side effects of BioPerine?


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Some people experience a burning aftertaste as a side effect of BioPerine and other black pepper supplements, according to WebMD. In large amounts, BioPerine may cause miscarriage in women who are pregnant. BioPerine is a supplement that contains piperine, also known as black pepper or long pepper extract, notes the product's website.

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BioPerine and other products containing black pepper extract sometimes interact with other medications, states WebMD. Black pepper extract can increase lithium levels in the body. Supplements containing black pepper also slow down the rate at which the liver breaks down certain medications, such as lovastatin, ketoconazole and fexofenadine. This can increase the side effects from these medications. Black pepper extract may also interact with phenytoin, corticosteroids, propranolol, theophylline and erythromycin, along with paclitaxel, cyclosporine, loperamide, quinidine and rifampin.

BioPerine increases the availability of certain nutritional compounds in the body, including vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc, according to the product's website. Individuals also use black pepper extract for upset stomach, cancer and bronchitis, states WebMD. Although limited scientific research is available, black pepper extract may help defend the body against germs and increase the stomach's production of digestive juices. Some evidence shows that pepper helps defend against colon cancer, while other research suggests that pepper promotes liver cancer.

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