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How to Make Yourself Throw Up

If you are looking for how to make yourself throw up, you will find this website useful. Here we will go over multiple ways to make yourself force vomit in the event you swallow something harmful. Knowing this information could save your life some day.

Forcing yourself to vomit can be very beneficial, and even life saving in certain circumstances. However, you should not purge as a way to lose weight. Eating disorders are very serious, and can be life destroying.

Safety First

There are several ways for yourself to throw up, but before we go into them lets discus safety. Safety should always be a priority when dealing with your health, and there is no real “safe” way to induce vomiting. Sometimes purging a poison can actually make things worse. The best thing you can do is call the poison control hotline, and they will guide you through the correct steps to take. In the United States, the poison control hotline is 1-800-222-1222. Also, make sure you are familiar with the negative effects of vomiting, and talk to a physician before doing anything.

Using Fingers

One effective and time tested method to induce vomiting is by using your fingers. Before you attempt this, make sure you are infront of a toilet or bucket so you do not make a mess. Then, gently tickle the back of your throat with your index finger to stimulate the gag reflex. It might take a couple attempts, especially if you have never done it before.

You can also make use of the blunt end of toothbrush as a substitute for your finger. DO NOT EVER use the end with bristles or any other object that is abrasive. This is because you can injure the back of your throat or your uvula. Even using your fingers to gag yourself can lead to throat bleeding and swelling.


If your a looking for a drug you can take to force yourself to throw up, Ipecac is the most well known. Syrup of Ipecac is most commonly used on people who have eaten something poisonous. To use syrup of Ipecac, mix it with water and drink all of it in just one go, this makes the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract contract and force the person to vomit. For most people, vomiting will occur within 30 minutes of drinking it.

While Ipecac used to be readily available at most drug stores, and many people kept it stocked in their homes, it is hard to find now. This is because poison centers , pediatricians, and regulators do not recommend using it anymore. Plus, those with eating disorders were abusing it. Some drug stores still carry it, but you will have to ask a pharmacist for it. For alternatives, call the poison control hotline, or see a physician.


Any medication that causes you vomit is called an emetic, and this includes Syrup of Ipecac. Emetics cause a person’s stomach to regurgitate its contents via induced muscular contractions. You can find emetics in liquid form, tablets, or injections. Most of these treatments are only available through physician assistance, so you will have to see a doctor or be in a hospital. There are however some homemade emetics, which we will go over.

There are also drugs called antiemetics, and as you would imagine, these will help prevent you from vomiting. Antiemetics will also help control nausea.

Salt Water

Salt water has been used as a homemade emetic for a long time. Too much salt is bad for your body, and sensors in your stomach can detect this. Your body will then physically reject this salt, causing you to throw up. Use around four tablespoons in one glass of warm water. Wait for the salt to dissolve, and then drink it. This can be very unpleasant tasting, and plugging your noise can help. You might not throw up right away, or it could take a while.

The reason why this works is because too much salt is bad for your body. This also makes this method dangerous, because there is a chance you will not vomit. Too much salt can lead to sodium poisoning, which can result in seizures and sometimes death.

Mustard & Water

Another homemade emetic is combining a glass of water with mustard. This disgusting combination will sometimes make people throw up. Take 1/4 cup of hot water, and add in 2 tablespoons of mustard. Then drink it. You can also try eating foods that you have always found to be disgusting. Think of a gross combination of food, and then eat it. Raw egg white are sometimes used for this.

This method does not always work, and is unreliable to say the least. Luckily if you do not throw up, all that has happened was you ate some disgusting food.

Water and Exercising

Another technique to help yourself throw up requires a little more time and effort. This is not a recommended method, but it can work. Don’t do this if you are trying to get poisons out your system. Always contact poison control in these cases!

Drink two to three glasses of water and exercising vigorously. The exercise needs to get your heart pumping and your lungs working. This will cause exhausting and your stomach to cramp up. This can sometimes make you person vomit. It happens all the time, involuntary, in sports training.

Think Disgusting Thoughts

Again, not the most effective method, but our thoughts can sometimes induce vomiting. Our brains are very powerful tools, and they can be used to make yourself throw up. Think of things that repulse you in detail.

For example, picture a middle aged man that has left himself go. He is in his fifties, bald, over 300 pounds, and reeks of body odor and bad breathe. He is sitting shirtless, and sweat is dripping into his hairy belly button. The sweat is pooling and mixing together with crumbs, grease, and lint. Imagine going up to him and slurping up that fluid.