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 (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′) also ip·e·cac·u·an·ha (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′yo͞o-ăn′ə)
a. A low-growing tropical American shrub (Psychotria ipecacuanha syn. Cephaelis ipecacuanha) having roots and rhizomes that yield emetine.
b. The dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub.
2. A medicinal preparation made from the dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub that is used to induce vomiting, particularly in cases of poisoning and drug overdose.

[Short for Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupí ipekaaguéne : ipeh, low + kaâ, leaves + guéne, vomit.]


(ˌɪpɪˌkækjʊˈænə) or


1. (Plants) a low-growing South American rubiaceous shrub, Cephaelis ipecacuanha
2. (Pharmacology) a drug prepared from the dried roots of this plant, used as a purgative and emetic
[C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi ipekaaguéne, from ipeh low + kaa leaves + guéne vomit]


[ˌɪpɪkækjʊˈænə] Nipecacuana f
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Home remedies such as syrup of Ipecac, salt water or mustard seed water have not been proven to be effective in inducing vomiting safely in pets.
Home remedies such as syrup of Ipecac, salt water or mustard seed water have not been proved to be effective in inducing vomiting safely in pets, Dr.
Finally, there is syrup of ipecac, an OTC medication that induces vomiting and is meant to be used in emergency cases of accidental poisoning.
Eventually syrup of ipecac will no longer be available for purchase over the counter because it often only makes the situation worse.
While many items in a well-stocked kit have remain unchanged, one venerable treatment for poison - syrup of ipecac - has fallen out of favor.
In another example, the author advocates that syrup of ipecac "should be part of all household medicine cabinets".
Similarly, syrup of ipecac, used to induce vomiting when indicated, is safe in pregnancy.
For over 20 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that every household have a bottle of syrup of ipecac.
Telch has had them use syrup of ipecac with their physicians present so that the patients could have the experience of vomiting and know that they would survive.
Syrup of ipecac to induce vomiting if certain poisons are swallowed (Do not give without directions from a poison control center, emergency personnel, or doctor.
Syrup of ipecac has a role in immediate management of aspirin overdoses, as in cases in which someone has seen a child take an overdose but it will be hours before the child can be brought to the emergency room.