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Question: Ipecac syrup and heart failure

 Anonymous - Sun Feb 09, 2003 10:27 pm

I have used ipecac syrup on a daily basis for the past month. I have read that it can cause heart damage. Is this a rare possibility or is it a probability? And, if it is true, does it result from years of use?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sun Feb 09, 2003 10:28 pm

User avatar Dear Sammari,

Thank you very much for using our website.

Why are using the syrup of ipecac?

It has been FDA approved only to induce vomiting in cases of acute poison ingestion.

It has lots of side effects in cases of chronic abuse. One of those is cardiac toxicity leading to weak heart muscle and heart failure. It is not not known how long and what is the dose that can cause this toxic effect on the heart. In a case report, heart toxicity was reversible but it is not knwon whether a larger dose or a longer period of use would have led to irreversible cardiac toxicity.

Once more thank you very much for using our website and if you still have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to post them.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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