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Problems Associated With the Use of Ipecac to Induce Emesis

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Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

For many years the induction of emesis with ipecac at home was a mainstay of poison control in the United States. Ipecac is no longer a recommended means of gut decontamination due to a combination of lack in efficacy and complications that could be worse than the original intoxication.

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