Syrup of ipecac isn't used much anymore

    We used to tell parents to keep a bottle of ipecac on hand...but actually syrup of ipecac isn't used much anymore.

    In the last 10 years, the use of ipecac has fallen from 15% of poisonings to less than 2% today.

    One problem is that ipecac is not very reliable...the amount of poison removed is highly variable and diminishes with time.

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