How to make yourself throw up?

How to induce vomiting ?

Vomiting is useful, especially in the medical field. It helps get rid of harmful things in the body. Sometimes, it is induced to help your body recover from the feeling of nausea and weakness.

How to make yourself throw up? Is induced vomiting has repercussions to your health? The ideal way is letting yourself vomit naturally, but it does not apply to every case. Induced vomiting isn’t that much of a problem as long as you do it the right way and not so often (1, 3).

a woman who stimulates her gag reflex to induce vomiting.photoImage 1: A woman who stimulates her gag reflex to induce vomiting
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Below are the recommended ways to make yourself throw up

  • Stimulating gag reflex (4)– Gag reflex is an action wherein the muscles of the throat contract triggered by something that touches the roof of the mouth, back of the tongue, back of the throat, and the area around the tonsils.  There are many different ways to stimulate gag reflex such as using the finger. Just put your finger into your mouth and push it to the back of the throat. Remove the finger as quick as possible once you feel like gagging. Make sure you wash your hands before putting the finger in your mouth. If you don’t feel like using your finger, then another option is to use a toothbrush. Wet the bristles of the toothbrush and gently rub it on the back of your tongue until you feel like gagging.
  • Warm salt water (3) – Drink a glass of warm salt water. To do so, mix about 3 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water. Drink the water to induce vomiting. However, it will take about 25 minutes for it to work. Excessive sodium chloride in the stomach will cause you to throw up.
  • Drink mustard solution – This is a homemade emetic that works fast when it comes to inducing vomiting. Just mix a tablespoon of mustard with a glass of warm water. Drink the solution as quickly as possible. It has unpleasant taste that once it gets into your mouth, you will instantly feel nauseated.
  • Take emetics (2) – emetics are drugs that induce vomiting. It is usually in the form of syrup and you just have to mix it with water and take one long gulp. If you don’t like the syrup, then you can ask for the tablet form. It will cause abdominal discomfort and after a few minutes you will feel the urge to throw up. Aside from feeling nauseated, you will also feel dizzy and lightheaded. In severe cases, emetics may cause rapid heartbeat and low blood pressure. Therefore, you have to be very careful when taking emetics.
  • Watch someone else vomiting (1) – Sometimes watching a person vomiting helps you throw up, although the human’s sensory stimulation reacts differently. If you want to throw up for some reason, then at least try to watch videos of people throwing up online until you will feel the need to vomit.
  • Overeating – if you eat more than your stomach can accommodate, it could lead to overextending of the stomach. As a result, the stomach will be prompted to force excess food out through the gullet (2). This would lead to vomiting. However, one should be very picky when it comes to the foods they put in their stomach. Do not include junk foods and carbonated beverages to avoid stomachache and digestive issues. When trying to overeat in an attempt to induce vomiting, you should stick with foods like vegetables, fruits, and bland starches.
  • Egg white gargle (3) – A lot of people don’t like the smell of raw egg white. If you want to induce vomiting, then one of the best and natural ways to do so is by gargling two egg whites until you feel like vomiting.
  • Seeing gross objects – Seeing things that are not pleasing to the eyes can easily make you feel nauseated. It could be seeing someone poop or seeing a bunch of decayed matter. It looks gross but it is effective in making yourself throw up. In just a few minutes, you will feel the urge to vomit.

A lot of people have a negative implications when talking about induced vomiting. Some people who are trying to lose weight induce vomiting after eating. Vomiting isn’t always a bad stuff. Sometimes, a person needs to be induced to vomit, especially after an accidental intake of a poisonous substance.

When trying to make yourself throw up, you have to make sure you do it in a proper way. Always try to vomit (4) in a natural way to avoid any complications.

Possible risks when trying to make yourself throw up

There are a few discomfort after making yourself throw up. Some people experienced aspiration after not throwing up properly. Some even experienced breathing discomfort. You have to be very careful though as obstruction in the breathing pathway (5) could lead to choking and aspiration pneumonia.

Some shared that they were able to feel a burning sensation in the mouth, throat, and esophagus after vomiting. If you are going to use strong substances to force yourself to vomit, then there is a possibility of experiencing partial or full thickness tear esophagus (6).

This is a common side effect to people who vomited because of drinking too much alcohol. This is also common to people who overeat and throw up afterwards. Other side effects include severe lower chest pain, abdominal pain, and presence of blood in the vomitus.

What you should do after throwing up?

After a successful attempt of making yourself throw up, the next important thing is to know the right things to do after throwing up. When you vomit, you lose not just the vomitus but as well as essential minerals and water.

This is one of the reasons why you feel tired and exhausted after vomiting. Right after you vomit, make sure you clean up. Wash your mouth and face to get rid of the acidic taste. (7) Brush your teeth and don’t forget to gargle with mouthwash to thoroughly get rid of the aftertaste. Replace what you lost by drinking plenty of water.

However, you should not do it too quickly. Start with a few sip of water and gradually increase after a few minutes. Avoid carbonated beverages. To replace the electrolytes, you should drink sports drink like Gatorade and fresh fruit juices (8).

When and why should you not induce vomiting?

There are instances wherein vomiting shouldn’t be induced. Ideally, when a person accidentally swallowed a harmful substance, the common remedy is to induce vomiting.

  • However, this is not always the case. Some substances are physically damaging to the throat. If you throw up, the damage to the throat is severe than the damage it causes going down.
  • Induced vomiting is not recommended for people who have the possibility to pass out. It could cause airway blockage, especially if the patient continues to vomit while unconscious.
  • Some chemicals can froth up and they tend to stick around the upper airway longer. So, there is a possibility that the patient will be aspirated thereby causing more problem.
  • Induced vomiting can increase the risk of esophageal damage from acidic stomach content. Keep in mind that the esophagus can’t handle acid very well.

NOTE : Induced vomiting should only be done per the request of the doctor or per instruction of the person in charge in the Poison Control Center.


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Article was last reviewed on September 26th, 2017.

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