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Non stop hiccups for 24 hours - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband has had the hiccups for over 24hours now and it is driving him crazy, he can't sleep, he has vomited a few times and that is the only time they have stopped. He doesn't smoke, drinks occasionally, is fairly fit and healthy. He is nearly 58. We have tried all the old remedies, warm water, holding your breath, shot of cordial. Not sure if I should be worried.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   please give me a couple of mins to read your query.
Doctor :   may i know approximately how many times or how frequently he has got them so far since the last 24 hrs ?
User :   Most of the time for the last 24 hours, after he vomited they would stop for a while, also today they stopped for about an hour. Apart from that about every 8 seconds
Doctor :   you can give him proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole
Doctor :   if it is an over the counter medication in your place
User :   The chemist has given us Zantac and Gasbusters but they haven't worked as yet
Doctor :   Zantac is not a proton pump inhibiotr
Doctor :   If omeprazole is an over the counter there , you can ask for it
User :   I don't know if it is. I think I would like to talk to someone "in our place" Australia
Doctor :   yes ,true , you have to find out about the availability of the drugs and option there .
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   i hope i answere your questions
Doctor :   are there any more questions for me to help you with ?
Doctor :   there has not been an evidence that a single medicine or a particular drug helps in hiccups
Doctor :   we always try with many options
User :   Not really, I don't feel you have been much help at all
Doctor :   I am sorry , i am left with no options .
User :   There must be something we can do, he can't sleep, can't go to work.
Doctor :   Yes, after using non pharmacological measures and with no benefit
Doctor :   the next thing should be pharmacological, with medicines
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you the same
Doctor :   To start with you can take medicines will less side effects
Doctor :   Tablet Omeprazole which is FDA approved over the counter medicine
Doctor :   The others are available on prescription
User :   Thanks, we'll go to own Doctor tomorrow.
Doctor :   ok , thank you for consulting me
User :   My first and probably last time I'll do so. Didn't find it very helpful at all.
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