Ipecac

Drug Information

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • Potassium

    In order to lose weight, some individuals who are overly zealous, as well as those with eating disorders, occasionally induce vomiting with ipecac. However, chronic abuse of ipecac can result in low blood levels of potassium, which might result in an irregular heart rhythm. Though avoidance of this behavior is the best form of prevention, individuals who abuse ipecac should supplement with potassium or high-potassium foods to prevent potassium deficiency.

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • Charcoal

    In the treatment of certain poisonings, activated charcoal is used to reduce the amount of poison absorbed into the body. Some references have suggested that people avoid giving ipecac and activated charcoal together. However, controlled studies have shown that activated charcoal may not completely block the effects of ipecac, and that the combination is effective when activated charcoal is given ten minutes after ipecac treatment. Until more information is available, individuals should probably wait to give activated charcoal until after the ipecac-induced vomiting stops.

  • Milk

    Some references have suggested that taking ipecac along with milk or carbonated beverages might reduce the effectiveness of the drug. However, controlled studies have shown that drinking neither milk nor carbonated beverages inhibits the action of ipecac. Consequently, ipecac can be given with or without milk or carbonated beverages.

  • Soft Drinks

    Some references have suggested that taking ipecac along with milk or carbonated drinks might reduce the effectiveness of the drug. However, controlled studies have shown that drinking neither milk nor carbonated drinks inhibits the action of ipecac. Consequently, ipecac can be given with or without milk or carbonated drinks.

Potential Negative Interaction

  • none

Explanation Required 

  • none

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers' package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
Ipecac