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Syrup of ipecac is a medicine that causes vomiting. Its purpose is to
empty the stomach after poisoning or drug overdose. It works by irritating the
stomach lining until a person vomits. Some people who have
bulimia nervosa use ipecac regularly to make
themselves vomit. If used too often, ipecac can cause:
If this product is abused or if too much of it is absorbed into the
body, it can cause serious heart problems, such as
atrial fibrillation, or
myocarditis, all of which can lead to death.
Current as of:
August 27, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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