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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)


Alternate Names : Diaphragmatic Spasms

Hiccups | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Most of the remedies for the occasional bout of hiccups are based on altering the flow of air passing through the vocal cords. A person may be able to stop ordinary hiccups by breathing deeply or by holding his or her breath for a short time. Breathing into a paper bag may also be helpful.

Most cases of hiccups go away on their own. Some natural or home remedies that may help speed the process include:

  • eating ginger
  • squirting lemon juice to the back of the throat
  • sucking on slices of fresh lemon
  • sipping water and honey
  • Medical treatments are rarely needed. One of several medications may be used in cases of prolonged hiccups. These include scopolamine, prochlorperazine, chlorpromazine, baclofen, metoclopramide, and valproate.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects depend on the medication used, but may include dry mouth and allergic reaction.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    The person can go back to usual activities after an ordinary bout of hiccups. If an underlying condition is causing the hiccups, it may need to be treated.

    How is the condition monitored?

    The person can monitor hiccups at home, and should tell the health care provider about any new or worsening symptoms.

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    Author: Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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