IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid)

Ipecac is derived from the ipecacuanha plant and is a well known emetic, which is substance used to induce vomiting in order to treat certain poisonings or drug overdoses. Ipecac has been used in the past to partially empty a person’s stomach after a poison, however, it is not recommended these days. There are several side effects that can happen while taking Ipecac. You should make sure to let your doctor know if you have known allergies, breastfeed, are currently taking other medications, drink alcohol/smoke cigarettes, have heart disease or any other serious medical conditions.

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IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Drug and Prescription Information

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid)

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Medication Classification

IPECAC (By mouth)

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Brandname

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) is used for the Treatment

Ipecac (IP-e-kak) Causes vomiting. It is used for the emergency treatment of some drug overdoses and certain types of poisonings.

When To Not Use IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to ipecac. You should not use the fluidextract or tincture of ipecac, it is very strong and swallowing even a small amount may cause death. Only use the syrup form of ipecac.

How Should You Use IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid)


  • Take this medicine exactly as directed.
  • Drink a large glass of water (no milk or soda pop) right away after taking the syrup.
  • If you are giving this medicine to a child, have the child drink a glass of water before taking this medicine.
  • If vomiting does not start within 20 to 30 minutes after the first dose, take another dose.
  • If you have not vomited after the second dose, call your doctor, poison control center, or emergency room.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use only as directed.

Proper IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Storage

Store IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Warnings

  • You should not use this medicine without first calling a poison control center, doctor, or emergency room.
  • You should not use ipecac syrup to cause vomiting after poisoning with strychnine, acids, alkali (lyes), kerosene, gasoline, fuel oil, paint thinner, or cleaning fluids.
  • Do not give this medicine to a groggy or fainting person.
  • Check with your doctor before taking ipecac syrup if you have heart disease or any other medical problems.
  • Talk with your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Keep an unopened bottle of ipecac in the home at all times, out of the reach of children.
  • Never use ipecac syrup to cause vomiting for the purpose of weight loss. Using the medicine in this way may cause heart disease or death.

IPECAC (Oral) (Liquid) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Severe vomiting
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Severe diarrhea
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Stomach upset
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Muscle weakness or aching muscles

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Ariana, Ariana - 01/15/2014

I remember this stage of life for chilrden when they're so exploratory . Our child used to open the front door a lot so we bought one of those child-proof baseball things to put on the door handle. He threw a ball at it the first day we put it on there and it broke. So much for baby-proofing:)