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Papaya Enzyme Tablet Side Effects

author image Carole Anne Tomlinson
Carole Anne Tomlinson is a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation, nutrition, chemical dependency, diabetes and health problems related to the elderly. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is presently working on her master's degree in nursing. Her screenplays have been viewed by Merchant Ivory, Angela Lansbury and Steven King's associates.
Papaya Enzyme Tablet Side Effects
Papaya enzyme or papain may help your digestion, but also may produce some serious side effects.

The papaya enzyme tablet may help you digest your food more efficiently, especially if you have gastric disturbances such as indigestion, nausea and heartburn. also states the derivative of papaya known as papain can help rid your body of parasites that may live in your intestines. The enzyme tablets of papaya may help you to digest foods heavy in proteins, reports. Because of limited clinical studies on the enzyme, seek the counsel of your physician before taking this supplement.

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Slowed CNS Responses

Slowed central nervous system responses may occur after consuming papaya enzyme, indicated. Slowed central nervous system responses may hinder your ability to respond to the outside world or to situations because of slowed thought processes. Stop taking the papaya enzyme if this happens. Consult your doctor about your adverse reaction to the supplement.

Severe Gastritis

Severe gastritis may occur as a side effect of papaya enzyme use, notes. The lining of your digestive tract may become irritated and inflamed causing a gastric upset in the stomach. If you get severe gastritis, you most likely will feel nauseous and probably vomit. You will need treatment from your doctor for this side effect and will need to stop taking the papaya enzyme.

Perforation of the Esophagus

Perforation of the esophagus may occur as a serious side effect of using the papaya enzyme, indicates. Perforation of the esophagus may happen because of the enzyme’s potential inflammation of its lining. The esophagus may become inflamed, causing an irritation to occur. This side effect requires immediate medical attention and surgery because of its life-threatening nature. You will need to stop the medication if you get symptoms of esophageal pain, coughing up blood and mucous or feeling a lump in your throat.

Slowed Heart Rate

Slowing of the heart rate, called bradycardia, may occur if you use this enzyme supplement. This side effect also classifies as serious and you will need to make a trip to the emergency room immediately. You may feel tired, fatigued and sluggish, and you may feel confused because of a decrease in the oxygen reaching the brain. The papaya enzyme has potential toxic affects that could trigger a slowed response in your body.


Paralysis may occur as a result of the ingestion of papaya enzyme. The reasoning behind the paralysis remains unclear in medical research. Papaya enzyme’s possible toxic effects and its known ability to decrease the function of the central nervous system may cause this severe and serious side effect. The slowing down of muscle and brain activity in the body could trigger a paralysis side effect. Seek immediate medical treatment if any form of paralysis occurs.

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