Cure for Hiccups?
November 16, 2006 4:39am CST
A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man's face. "What the heck did you do that for!?!" the man screams. "Well, you don't have the hiccups anymore do you?" The man says, "No I don't, you IDIOT... But my wife out in the car still does
• United States
17 Nov 06
I wonder how far down you are suppose to pull the lobe..Far enough to make you neck hurt? I never heard of the white horse theory..how does thinking of a white horse cure your hiccups..perhaps when you hiccup the response inside is black?
• Cambridge, England
16 Nov 06
Hehe! Very good! My mother's cure for the hiccups was to tell us to "Think of oranges!" Nobody believes me when I say it works (though it does) - try it next time you have hiccups! The other one, of course, is to 'drink a glass of water backwards' (that is, from the opposite side of the glass to which one would normally drink. That works because you need good breath control to do it properly.
• United States
17 Nov 06
lol That was good. I have tried a painless alternative method as well. Here it is: hold your two index fingers as close together at the tips as possible without touching them. Think to yourself "closer, closer. microscopically close, closer, I can still get them closer together, opps! they touched I'll try some more, closer"..etc. It has worked for me and sooo many other people :) Also you can chug a lot of a liquid :)
26 Dec 06
Some Common ideas on how to get rid of hiccups: * putting fingers in throat, or ears * standing on head * someone jumps out and scare you when you're not expecting it - a famous treatment * holding breath and counting to 10 * breathing deeply * trying to swallow hiccups * massaging the bottom throat between the collar bone or under both collar bones * drink as fast as possible * putting sugar on tongue * hold chocolate on your tongue Referred to as singultus, hiccups are treated medically only in severe and persistent (termed "intractable") cases. Haloperidol (Haldol, an anti-psychotic and sedative), metoclopramide (Reglan, a gastrointestinal stimulant), and chlorpromazine (Thorazine, an anti-psychotic with strong sedative effects) are used in cases of intractable hiccups. In severe or resistant cases, baclofen (an anti-spasmodic) is sometimes required to suppress hiccups. Effective treatment with sedatives often requires a dose that either renders the person unconscious or highly lethargic. Hence, medicating singultus is done short-term and is not a situation where the affected individual could continue with normal life activities while taking the medication.