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Uses for Ipecac Syrup
Induce vomiting in the early management of acute oral drug overdosage and in certain cases of oral poisoning.a b Does not preclude using other appropriate measures in the emergency treatment of poisonings.a
If attempting to manage an acute poisoning in a medically unsupervised setting, contact a poison control center (800-222-1222), emergency medical facility, or other qualified healthcare professional before administering ipecac.a b
Use may be justifiable in certain cases where benefit outweighs potential risk130 132 133 (e.g., when drug is not contraindicated, if substantial risk of serious toxicity, if no effective alternative treatment available, if delay is >1 hour before emergency treatment, if ipecac syrup administered within 30–90 minutes of ingestion, and if ipecac syrup is unlikely to affect more definitive treatments).132 In these circumstances, administer only after specific recommendation by poison control center, emergency medical facility, or other qualified clinician.132
Emesis may not evacuate all toxic material from the GI tract; observe patients carefully for signs of increasing intoxication.a
Once considered a mainstay in the management of overdosage and poisoning in adults and children; however, many experts now consider ipecac syrup to have a limited role in the emergency management of poisoned patients and recommend selective, rather than routine, use.132 133 146
Experts no longer recommend routine use of ipecac syrup in the emergency department;133 activated charcoal is preferred for the immediate treatment of most oral poisonings.a If gastric emptying indicated, consult specialized references and experts to select appropriate gastric-emptying technique.a
Do not use if risks associated with vomiting and aspiration outweigh risks associated with systemic absorption of ingested substance.146
Consult specialized references and experts for additional information about the use of ipecac syrup in the management of poisoning caused by specific agents.a (See Ingested Substances under Cautions.)
Misused and abused to induce vomiting† following recurrent food binges in individuals with eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa).104 105 106 108 109 111 119 130 132 145 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 Efficacy may diminish with repeated use, resulting in use of increasing dosages, further systemic absorption and toxic effects.104 155 159 May result in myopathy, cardiomyopathy, and death.104 108 109 111 119 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 (See Cardiovascular Effects and also see Chronic Toxicity under Cautions.)
Factitious Disorder by Proxy
Misused by abusive parents and caregivers to intentionally produce factitious chronic illnesses† in individuals under their care.130 132 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 161 (See Factitious Disorder by Proxy and also see Chronic Toxicity under Cautions.)
Ipecac Syrup Dosage and Administration
Before administering drug for acute poisoning management in a medically unsupervised setting (e.g., at home), contact a poison control center (800-222-1222), emergency medical center, or other qualified healthcare professional for advice.118 b
Give 200–480 mL of water or other clear liquid to adults and children >1 year of age immediately following administration of the drug to facilitate emetic action.a b In children 6 months to <1 year of age, give 120–240 mL of water or other clear liquid.b
Some experts state that clear carbonated beverages may be administered in children who will not drink water.118
Manufacturers state that ipecac syrup should not be administered with milk.b (See Specific Drugs and Foods under Interactions.)
If no emesis within 30 minutes of second dose, initiate measures to minimize absorption of the emetic and poison (e.g., gastric lavage, activated charcoal) to avoid toxicity from either agent.a
In a medically unsupervised setting: If no emesis within 30 minutes after administering second dose, contact a poison control center, emergency medical facility, or other qualified healthcare professional for advice.a
Usually, 30 mL.118
If no emesis within 30 minutes of second dose, initiate measures to minimize absorption of the emetic and poison (e.g., gastric lavage, activated charcoal) to avoid toxicity from either agent.a
In medically unsupervised setting: If no emesis within 30 minutes after administering second dose, contact a poison control center, emergency medical facility, or other qualified healthcare professional for advice.a
Cautions for Ipecac Syrup
Risk of cardiotoxicity, principally when drug is overdosed (e.g., as fluidextract [not commercially available in the US]) or abused chronically.a
Contains a specific cardiotoxin; at high doses, may cause interstitial edema of heart muscle and necrosis of some fibers, tachycardia, T-wave depression, depressed myocardial contractility, atrial fibrillation, CHF, and myocarditis.a
Cardiotoxicity (possibly fatal) associated with chronic use105 106 107 112 120 152 154 (e.g., supraventricular tachycardia,103 104 105 106 107 119 atrial premature contractions,103 104 119 flattened or inverted T waves,103 104 105 106 119 prolonged QT and PR intervals,103 104 106 119 alterations in QRS complex,103 104 119 decreased contractility,107 119 ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation,103 104 105 cardiac arrest,103 104 105 precordial chest pain, dyspnea, hypotension, cardiac failure, pericardial effusions, and pulmonary congestion).104 105 106 107 119 120 (See Major Toxicities under Cautions and also see Eating Disorders under Uses.)
Risk of myopathy with chronic abuse (e.g., generalized weakness [especially in neck and proximal muscles of extremities], muscle aching, hyporeflexia, tenderness, stiffness, dysphagia, slurred speech, difficulty with tasks requiring muscular activity).104 106 107 109 111 114 119 (See Chronic Toxicity under Cautions and see Eating Disorders under Uses.)
Fixed eruptions and toxic epidermal necrolysis reported rarely; however, effects not directly attributed to the drug.a
Substantial margin of safety when administered at therapeutic dosages for emergency management of acute ingestions in patients with no contraindications to use.130 133 146 However, if emesis does not occur following administration, emetine may be absorbed and cause adverse systemic effects.a
Cases of severe toxicity usually have involved ipecac fluidextract (not commercially available in the US); 14 times more concentrated than ipecac syrup.a Volumes of ipecac fluidextract for administration are substantially smaller than those for ipecac syrup.a
Possible toxic manifestations of acute overdosage include nausea, bloody stools and vomitus, cramping and abdominal pain, hypotension, dyspnea, shock, seizures, and coma.a Heart failure is the usual cause of death following overdose.a (See Cardiovascular Effects under Cautions.)
Serious, potentially fatal adverse effects associated with chronic abuse in eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa); adverse effects may be secondary to complications of chronic ipecac-induced vomiting (e.g., metabolic abnormalities [e.g., hypokalemia, hypochloremia, metabolic alkalosis], dental abnormalities, esophagitis, gastric reflux, Mallory-Weiss syndrome, parotid gland enlargement, aspiration pneumonitis)102 103 or secondary to the adverse systemic effects of ipecac (e.g., skeletal and cardiac muscle cell toxicities from emetine).102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 119 120 144 176
Possible Prescribing and Dispensing Errors
Ensure accuracy of medication; similarity in names of ipecac syrup and ipecac fluidextract may result in errors.a Ipecac fluidextract (not commercially available in the US) is 14 times more potent than ipecac syrup and inadvertent administration of ipecac fluidextract has resulted in serious toxicity and fatalities.a
Syrup contains 1–2.5% alcohol, which exceeds FDA established maximum concentration (0.5%) for nonprescription drugs intended for use in children ≤6 years of age.127 However, nonprescription containers of ipecac syrup (≤30 mL) are exempted due to small size and insignificant total alcohol content (0.75 mL).127
Alcohol and ipecac syrup usually are vomited along with other stomach contents; benefits outweigh risk of adverse effects associated with ingestion of the alcohol (0.375–0.75 mL) in the syrup.127
In a medically unsupervised setting (e.g., at home), do not administer if strychnine were ingested, turpentine, petroleum distillates, volatile oils, alkali (e.g., lye) or strong acid, or caustic or corrosive substances, unless otherwise advised by a poison control center, medical emergency facility, or other qualified healthcare professional.132 178 a b
If low-viscosity petroleum distillates (e.g., gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, paint thinner, cleaning fluid) are ingested, many clinicians advise against the use of ipecac syrup due to the high potential for aspiration.132 133
After ingestion of liquid hydrocarbons by alert patients, the decision to induce emesis depends on the amount ingested and the relative toxicity of the particular hydrocarbon or chemical dissolved in it.a If no other contraindications, induction of emesis is indicated with benzene or hydrocarbon preparations containing camphor, pesticides, or substantial amounts of heavy metals or halogenated solvents.a
In oral antiemetic poisonings, ipecac syrup may be useful if given within 1 hour and before toxic or antiemetic effects appear.a
Use with caution after acute overdose of cardiac glycosides; may potentiate hazards of high degrees of AV block and of increased vagal activity.a (See Cardiovascular Effects under Cautions.)
Consult specialized references and experts for additional information about the use of ipecac syrup in the management of poisoning caused by specific agents.a
Concurrent Medical Conditions
Some clinicians state that ipecac syrup should not be used in debilitated patients or those with medical conditions (e.g., severe hypertension, bradycardia, hemorrhagic diathesis) that may be further compromised by induction of emesis.132 133 (See Cardiovascular Effects and also see Geriatric Use under Cautions.)
If convulsants are ingested and patient is not having seizures, ipecac-induced vomiting and retching may precipitate seizures.a
Factitious Disorder by Proxy
Consider ipecac toxicity in the differential diagnosis in children with unexplained colitis, especially if vomiting or neuromuscular or cardiac manifestations are present.136
Unusual symptom complexes possible with chronic ipecac syrup administration (e.g., persistent or recurrent diarrhea and vomiting, muscle weakness, colitis, cardiomyopathy, fever, edema, and/or electrolyte disturbances).135 136 137 138 139 140 141 (See Chronic Toxicity under Cautions.)
Periodically check expiration date; use after the expiration date may not result in emesis and is not recommended.a Only consider use in emergency situations where the expired syrup is the only emetic readily available.a
Safety and efficacy not established for children <6 months of age in medically unsupervised setting.b
Syrup exceeds FDA established maximum alcohol concentration (0.5%) for nonprescription drugs intended for use in children ≤6 years.127 (See Alcohol Content under Cautions.)
Experts no longer recommend routinely keeping ipecac in homes with small children for emergency use.130 132 No consensus by experts on which homes might benefit from having ipecac syrup; consult individual clinicians and poison control centers for guidance.132 Evidence of efficacy in out-of-hospital settings is insufficient to support even limited use.130 132 133 134 (See Acute Poisoning under Uses.)
Common Adverse Effects
Interactions for Ipecac Syrup
Specific Drugs and Foods
Drug or Food
Manufacturer states do not administer with milkb
Ipecac Syrup Pharmacokinetics
Not known whether alkaloids of ipecac are distributed into milk.a
Acts centrally by stimulating the medullary chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) and locally by irritating the gastric mucosa.a Vomiting is induced by the drug only when the medullary centers are responsive.a
Produces regurgitation of contents from the stomach and upper GI tract; however, entire GI contents not regurgitated.a
Advice to Patients
Importance of contacting a poison control center (800-222-1222), emergency medical facility, or other qualified healthcare professional before giving ipecac.a
Advise patient to save poison container, if possible.b
Importance of using a preparation that has not expired.a
Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.a
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs.a
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information. (See Cautions.)
Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.
70 mg (of powdered ipecac) per mL*
Ipecac Oral Solution
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