Syrup of Ipecac

Ipecac Syrup is an important medicine that causes vomiting and may be needed to treat poisoning. It can be purchased at any pharmacy without a prescription. It is important however that you NEVER use ipecac syrup before calling the Poison Control Center. Vomiting should not be induced when some poisons are present in the system.

Ipecac syrup is the ONLY safe and effective way to make someone vomit. Other remedies, even if suggested by product labels, such as salt water, egg whites, mustard, are not effective and may even be dangerous.

NEVER induce vomiting by gagging someone with your finger. This is especially dangerous in young children.

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