Last update Sept. 8, 2022
Ipecac syrup is obtained from the root and rhizome of the the ipecac plant, native to Central America and northern South America. Contains emetine and cephalin, two isoquinoline alkaloids. It is a very effective emetic used in acute poisoning. It also has expectorant properties. There are no indications from Commission E of the German Ministry of Health (Blumenthal 1998). Oral administration. (Martindale, Drugbank, WHO 2007)
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.
Its rapid elimination allows safe breastfeeding two to three hours after administration, provided that the mother is well.
The marketing of the ipecac plant has been prohibited or restricted due to its toxicity in several countries. (MSC 2004)
Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs: compatible with Breastfeeding. (WHO 2002)
We do not have alternatives for Ipecacuanha, Syrup of ipecac.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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