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Treatment for hiccups

Some people find that home remedies can help them get rid of hiccups more quickly. These include:

  • Sipping iced water or swallowing crushed ice
  • Holding your breath
  • Breathing into a paper bag
  • Pulling your knees up to your chest.
  • Drinking from the wrong (opposite) side of a cup
  • Swallowing dry bread
  • Quickly swallowing two teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • Biting on a lemon

If your hiccups don’t go away after a couple of days or if they keep coming back, you should tell your doctor. There are medicines they can prescribe that may help. The best treatment for hiccups depends on the cause.

Treatments that may help if you have a bloated stomach include:

  • Drinking peppermint water, which relaxes the stomach and gullet, helping to release trapped air through burping
  • Anti-wind or antacid medicines (for example Asilone®)
  • Some anti-sickness medicines, for example metoclopramide and domperidone.

You shouldn’t take peppermint water and metoclopramide at the same time, because they work against each other. Peppermint relaxes the stomach muscle, but metoclopramide stimulates it so that the stomach empties more quickly.

If you’re started on a drug treatment for hiccups, your doctor will usually check with you about three days later to see how well it‘s working. If the hiccups haven’t gone away the dose may need to be increased, or you may need to try another drug.