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heart and ipecac

i also have a problem with an eating disorder, i've considered taking ipecac, i've also heard this is terrible for your heart, does anybody know this?
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From the medical journal "pediatrics"

Death due to chronic syrup of ipecac use in a patient with bulimia.

Schiff RJ, Wurzel CL, Brunson SC, Kasloff I, Nussbaum MP, Frank SD.

A 17-year-old girl presented with malaise, weakness, palpitations, dysphagia, myalgias, and weight loss of 1 month's duration. Within 24 hours of admission to the hospital, she had hypotension unresponsive to medical management, intractable congestive heart failure, and arrhythmias; she died. Several empty bottles of syrup of ipecac were later found among her belongings. Syrup of ipecac is commonly used to induce emesis in patients who had ingested toxic substances. The chief pharmacologic property of this agent is due to its alkaloid component, emetine. There have been many previous reports of death due to emetine poisoning in patients receiving ipecac fluid extract and in those treated for amoebic dysentery. Emetine persists in the body for long periods, and in patients who have ingested it chronically, emetine is extremely toxic, specifically to cardiac smooth and skeletal muscles. With an increased awareness of the importance of weight control in the adolescent age group, the physician must carefully evaluate these patients for the use of emetics.




From the "journal of adolescent health"

"Ipecac abuse occurs predominantly among adolescent and young adult females who are either experimenting with purging or have an eating disorder. Psychiatric comorbidity is common. Death can occur and is usually of cardiac origin. Morbidity includes myocarditis with arrhythmias, myositis, gastroesophageal pathology, including Mallory Weiss tears, diarrhea, and metabolic abnormalities (alkalosis, hypokalemia, dehydration).
CONCLUSIONS: Ipecac abuse is dangerous, even deadly"
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