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What is ipecac syrup used for?

What is ipecac syrup used for?

It's not: It was once a common medicine chest addition if you had a young kid. Studies eventually showed it was often used wrong, inducing vomiting when it actually made things worse.After a while it was just the OTC drug of choice of people who liked to barf and it was removed from the marketplace. ...Read more

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How can I get some ipecac syrup?

How can I get some ipecac syrup?

Why ?: Ipecac is a medication well known for its ability to cause vomiting.It was used for decades to help with toxic ingestion in kids, but fell into disfavor when evidenced based studies found it made no difference.Misuse by those with feeding disorders is common & its toxic potential has led many to call for its removal from public access. ...Read more

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What is the use of ipecac syrup?

What is the use of ipecac syrup?

It's not: It was once a common medicine chest addition if you had a young kid. Studies eventually showed it was often used wrong, inducing vomiting when it actually made things worse.After a while it was just the OTC drug of choice of people who liked to barf and it was removed from the marketplace. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get ipecac syrup?

Wanted to know where can I get ipecac syrup?

Unknown: Since it's fall from grace as an aid in poisonings, few pharmacies will stock it & the on line sources seem to be dead ends. The drug was a fashionable way for bulimics to barf on demand & is considered quite toxic when used in excess. ...Read more

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Where can you find and purchase ipecac syrup now?

Where can you find and purchase ipecac syrup now?

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. ...Read more

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Do you know a website that sells ipecac syrup now?

Do you know a website that sells ipecac syrup now?

Not recommended: Syrup of ipecac is no longer recommended to induce vomiting for ingestion of toxins, as the risk of aspiration and respiratory complications is too great. ...Read more

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Why was ipecac syrup pulled off so many drugstore shelves?

Why was ipecac syrup pulled off so many drugstore shelves?

Simple reason=abuse: Years ago they realized that ipecac in the hands of nervous parents was seldom used properly;given at times it shouldn't or not when it should. Its value in treatment was also found to be poor under supervised conditions. Later, it became a drug of abuse, leading people who used it to purge repeatedly, leading over time to heart damage and other complications. ...Read more

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

Hard to say: This has been removed from the shelves of most supermarkets and drug stores since it was found of little or no use in poisonings. You may find it somewhere online.It is now considered a drug of misuse/abuse and some deaths have been associated with its users. ...Read more

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What is ipecac syrup for? I know it like makes you throw up, but why was it invented?

To induce vomiting: Ipecac syrup had been given to individuals who ingested potentially toxic substance. Because of unreliable result and abuses by some people, ipecac syrup has been off market for a while. ...Read more