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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.

Seek medical attention 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.
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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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Comment from: IamNanaG13, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 11

After having hiccups for almost 48 hours I convinced my husband to go to the emergency department at our local Veterans Affairs hospital. EKG, x-ray, breathing treatment, ultrasound, and CAT scan were all done and it was found he has a paraesophageal hiatal hernia. He was given (intravenously) a shot of Reglan and it did, after 12 hours more, bring the hiccups to an end. Now we will deal with the underlying issue.

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