Gastrointestinal disorders

Hiccups

About Hiccups

A hiccup is an unintentional movement of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. It's followed by quick closing of the vocal cords, which produces the "hic" sound you make. There are a large number of causes, including large meals, alcohol, or hot and spicy foods. Hiccups may also start and stop for no obvious reason.

There is no sure way to stop hiccups. You can try

  • Breathing into a paper bag
  • Drinking or sipping a glass of cold water
  • Holding your breath

Hiccups aren't usually serious. Contact your health care provider if they last for more than a few days.

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All Medications for Hiccups

Muscle relaxer

  • Baclofen
    Prescription only

    Lioresal (Baclofen) is effective for long term spastic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and others.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet

Local anesthetic

  • Lidocaine
    Prescription only

    Lidoderm (Lidocaine) patches work well by releasing a local anesthetic into the skin and relieving pain by targeting damaged nerves.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Jelly
    • Spray
    • Topical solution
    • Patch

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