Question - What is the effect of topical capsaicin on emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) for patients with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)?
Answer - One recent study of 43 patients reported “no significant difference in ED LOS when capsaicin was utilized for CHS. However, there was a decrease in total medications administered and a reduction in opioid requirements”. (Wagner S et al. Efficacy and safety of topical capsaicin for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome in the emergency department. 2019 Clin Tox. Published online 04 September 2019. DOI: 10.1080/15563650.2019.1660783)