Ipecac syrup is an herbal medicine made from the root of the Ipecacuanha plant. It is used mainly to cause people to vomit after an accidental poisoning. It has also been used to help loosen and bring up phlegm after coughing (as an expectorant).
Other names for ipecac syrup include: Cephaelis ipecacuanha, and Cephaelis accuminata.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your caregiver about how much Ipecac syrup you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Ipecac syrup. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Ipecac syrup may interact with other medicines you may be taking. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse before taking ipecac syrup with any other medicine.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
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