Overview

Ipecac is a small shrub. It grows in parts of Central America and Brazil. The root is used to make medicine. Ipecac syrup is available both as a nonprescription product and as an FDA-approved prescription product. But using ipecac can be unsafe when used long-term or in large amounts.

Ipecac is most commonly used to cause vomiting after suspected poisoning. It is also used for croup, severe diarrhea, and cancer, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

How does it work ?

Ipecac contains chemicals that irritate the digestive tract and trigger the brain to cause vomiting.

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