Hiccups - Remedies and Treatment

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What is the treatment or cure for hiccups?

Home Remedies for Hiccups

There are numerous home cures for hiccups. You can try these methods at home to get rid of hiccups:

Methods that cause the body to retain carbon dioxide, which is thought to relax the diaphragm and stop the spasms which cause the hiccups:

  • Hold your breath

Techniques that stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach, and can decrease hiccupping:

  • Drink a glass of water quickly
  • Have someone frighten you
  • Pull hard on your tongue
  • Bite on a lemon
  • Gargle with water
  • Drink from the far side of a glass
  • Use smelling salts
  • Place one-half teaspoon of dry sugar on the back of your tongue. (This process can be repeated three times at two-minute intervals. Use corn syrup, not sugar, for young children.)

Medical Treatment

Most hiccups will stop on their own. Home remedies are generally sufficient to resolve hiccupping.

For persistent hiccups (lasting more than three hours) treatment varies.

A physician may prescribe medications for severe, chronic hiccups. Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) is usually the first-line medication prescribed for hiccups. Other medications used to treat hiccups include haloperidol (Haldol) and metoclopramide (Reglan).

Some muscle relaxants, sedatives, analgesics, and even stimulants have also been reported to help alleviate hiccup symptoms.

Phrenic nerve surgery (the nerve that controls the diaphragm) is a treatment of last resort. This treatment is rarely performed and used only in cases that do not respond to other treatments.

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Comment from: Female (Caregiver) Published: March 04

I am a retired pharmacist with 56 years of practical experience. For an infant, dip the dummy in glycerin and put in baby"s mouth. For an older person, a teaspoonful of undiluted glycerin; extremely sweet, but it worked every time.

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Comment from: JukeboxGraduate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I get the hiccups every day and this works 100% of the time. Fill a glass about 1/2 full with cold water and set it on a counter. Put your thumbs in your ears and pick up the glass with your pinky fingers. Drink as much as you can. It"s okay to stop and breathe so long as you keep your thumbs in your ears. When you can"t drink anymore, keep thumbs in ears until you burp. It may take a few times to perfect this method but once you get it down, it won"t fail you!

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