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Hiccups (cont.)

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Are there any complications of hiccups?

Because most cases of hiccups resolve themselves either spontaneously or with self-administered treatment, complications are extremely rare.

In severe and persistent cases, where hiccups disturb eating and sleeping patterns, weight loss or sleep disturbances may occur.

Rarely, cardiac arrhythmias and gastroesophageal reflux have been noted in severe cases of hiccups.

Can hiccups be prevented?

Hiccups cannot always be prevented. Avoiding overeating, eating too quickly, or drinking too much can help prevent hiccups.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine


Medline Plus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Hiccups.

The Scientific American. What Causes Hiccups? Hiccups: Treatment and Medications. Hiccups.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/17/2014

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