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A 36-year-old member asked:

help! need to know if there's another form of the ipecac that you can buy otc?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
No: Ipecac is not available over the counter any more because it wasn't very effective and may be associated with adverse effects. There were studies showing that the amount of a substance that was removed by the use of ipecac was minimal, and did not prevent poisoning. Also, giving it to someone who may choke on the vomit was quite dangerous. See a doctor for poisonings.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

It up myself. Is that how ipecac normally works?

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 54 years experience
It makes you vomit: Ipecac used to be a solution to overdose and eating or drinking harmful stuff, particularly by a child, or as a suicidal attempt. Ipecac, if given early, will have you throw up almost all harmful stuff. That was the reason it was used at hospital emergency room quite often. However, los of times, people aspirate the vomitus into air tube and in the lungs. That causes pneumonia, and breathing probl.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Where can you purchase ipecac syrup, and do you have to be over 18?

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Dr. Robert Kassoff
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
ANy Drug Store: This is an over the counter medication.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is ipecac syrup used for?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: To induce vomiting. It was once recommended to have in case of accidental ingestions. However, it is no longer recommended.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the use of ipecac syrup?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: To induce vomiting. It was once recommended to have in case of accidental ingestions. However, it is no longer recommended.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Where can you find and purchase ipecac syrup now?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Not available...: For years, parents were told to keep ipecac syrup at home. This medicine could be used to make a child vomit after swallowing poison. Now, doctors advise not to have it on hand. Poison centers do not tell you to use it. You cannot buy ipecac in the drugstore. Call the poison center right away at 1-800-222-1222 if you think someone has been poisoned.

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