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When should I contact my doctor for hiccups?

Most cases of hiccups resolve themselves in a short period of time and are rarely a medical emergency. See your doctor if hiccups last more than three hours, or if they disturb your eating or sleeping habits.

If hiccups are associated with abdominal pain, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, coughing up blood, or feeling as if your throat is going to close up, seek medical attention.

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Comment from: Dee D, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 26

Not myself, but a friend had hiccups for almost 24 hours, and became so overwrought he went to a local emergency room. He was examined and found to be otherwise healthy, with no stomach distress or nervousness as described in the above article. The remedy he was given was peanut butter! No explanation was given as to why this would work, although I"m assuming the texture might have something to do with it. He likes peanut butter, so it wasn"t a problem getting him to eat it with a spoon. He ate a tablespoon every 15 minutes for an hour. It broke the chain of the spasm, and he has not had a problem since.

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