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:
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November 14, 2014
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