How to purchase ipecac

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How to purchase ipecac
Ipecacuanha was invented as a remedy to poisoning and is still available today. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Developed in the 19th century, ipecacuanha, or ipecacuanha syrup, is an emetic, a substance that causes a patient to vomit after ingesting. Ipecacuanha was invented as a remedy to poisoning and is still available today. However, with advances in science, safer and more effective antidotes exist.

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Origins

According to "Origins and Uses of Ipecac" by H.H. Fisher, ipecacuanha syrup, discovered originally as a cure for dysentery in the 17th century, comes from the Cephaelus Ipecacuana plant. Bernadino Gomez, a 19th century Portuguese scientist, developed ipecacuanha's emetic properties.

Where to purchase

Even though ipecacuanha syrup is no longer sold over the counter at pharmacies in the United States, you may buy it online without a prescription. For example, Amazon.com stocks ipecacuanha in pill form and saveslives.com carries ipecacuanha syrup for sale.

Warning

Safer and more efficient poison antidotes are on the market, such as activated charcoal. If you accidentally ingest a poison, call 911 or the local Poison Control Center, which will provide emergency assistance if necessary.

Also, the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates that people with eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa may abuse ipecacuanha. Ipecacuanha abuse may lead to various cardiac issues as serious as death.

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