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Hiccups

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  • Hiccups occur because the diaphragm muscles (located below the lungs) contract suddenly, followed by a rapid closing of the vocal cords.  This results in the "hiccup" sound.  Additionally, there is an area of the brain that can trigger hiccups.


  • For common hiccups:
    1. Eat a teaspoon of sugar
    2. Drink a glass of cold water -- plain or with sugar in it
    3. Hold your breath and bear down on your abdominal muscles
    4. Belching
  • Intractable or chronic hiccups:
  • Treat underlying problems
    1. Carotid massage -- should only be done by a physician
    2. Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol, and Amitriptyline are some of the medications used.




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