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Cough Medicine Stopped Hiccups

Q. I had hiccups every ten seconds by the clock. I tried all the tricks but the hiccups just would not stop.
I saw the doctor on the second day and he pulled out his reference book. The cure was benzonatate. Within two days I had no more hiccups. This drug really did the job. My home drug book says it works on the cough center of the brain.

A. Thanks for sharing your experience. When hiccups last that long, they can be extremely painful and disruptive. It is important for a physician to make sure nothing serious is causing the problem.
Benzonatate (Tessalon) is a non-narcotic prescription cough medicine. It is thought to work through a local anesthetic action, suppressing the cough reflex. We could find no studies of its use against persistent hiccups, but it is occasionally used off-label for this purpose.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I’ve been reading on your Website about doctor recommended cures for hiccups, but I wonder if they are necessary. A few months ago ago my wife had severe hiccups and asked me to get her some peanut butter from the kitchen. She took about a half teaspoon and the hiccups immediately stopped. She said this was a treatment her mother used for hiccups when she was a child.
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ALTHOUGH THIS IS A COMMON HICCUP TREATMENT, WE NO LONGER RECOMMEND IT. WE HAVE HEARD OF TOO MANY PEOPLE CHOKING ON THE PEANUT BUTTER!

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