Country Lore: Hiccup Remedy

One reader reports that drinking water really can be a hiccup remedy, if you do it in a series of small swallows.

| December 2010/January 2011

I’m sometimes awakened during the night by hiccups. Of course I'd heard about that old hiccup remedy, drinking a glass of water, but I came up with my own variation: I inhale deeply, then drink the water in 25 really small swallows.

The peristaltic action of the swallows neutralizes the hiccups.

Eve Otto
Woodstock, New York

5/14/2012 12:14:01 AM

Taking Baclofen 10mg stopped my hiccups ... here is my story ... last Tuesday, after lunch, I started hiccuping about every 5 seconds. It stopped for about an hour, then got going again. This lasted until Thursday around 6pm when my doctor prescribed Baclofen 10mg and, after taking only one pill, the hiccups immediately stopped. I realize this might not work for everyone, but I am very grateful it stopped mine. Hope this helps someone else.

Terri Williams
1/29/2011 11:24:27 AM

Take a wedge of lemon or lime sprinkled with several drops of Angostura bitters. Bite into wedge and suck the juice/bitters. Hiccups immediately gone....everytime!

Bobbi Sanchez
1/20/2011 1:05:27 PM

Red Wine Vinegar. 1 tsp of red wine vinegar will get rid of hiccups every.single.time. My grandfather used to use it for hiccups and passed it down. My now 6 year old daughter Maggie walks over to the bottle of red wine vinegar and will take a big swig of it and loves it! This is the only thing that has ever cured hiccups for me.

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