How to Make Yourself Throw Up

Let’s be honest, most of us would rather do anything BUT throw up most of the time, but there are times when it is necessary to learn how to make yourself throw up. This might be the case of you ingesting something that could potentially be dangerous to your health, and also if you’ve been feeling sick for a long time but can’t actually be sick. It’s never pleasant, but sometimes these things are necessary.

It is a natural instinct to want to get something OUT of your body once you have learned it is not good for you to be in there – excessive alcohol is one example of that, and also ingesting poisonous substances, such as food or liquid.

How to Make Yourself Throw Up

You should bear a few things in mind before you decide to take action. Making yourself throw up should be considered as a last-ditch effort, once every other attempt to resolve the problem has been exhausted. By making yourself be sick, you could cause more damage to your body, and sometimes making yourself sick is not the answer to the problem. If you have swallowed something poisonous, for example, you may still need urgent medical attention.

You should first attempt to seek out medical advice. Can you call your local physician to ask for some advice, or perhaps pop into your local drug store. There may be another way to deal with the way you are feeling other than making yourself throw up. You will need to tell your medical professional exactly what it is you have taken, or what it could potentially be if you aren’t sure. Was it something you ate, perhaps? Maybe something you shouldn’t have drank? Maybe you’re having an allergic reaction to something? The more information you can give to your doctor or physician, the more advice they can give you to help you feel better.

If you do need to make yourself throw up, here are a few ways you can do just that. Please ensure that you are not causing yourself any physical or psychological problems before taking any action.

1 – Emetics

Emetics are a type of medical that induce vomiting. They are chemical compounds, and they come in many forms, although the most common is called syrup of ipecac. This is designed to be mixed with water and swallowed, much like a drink, although you can get tablet forms also. Once ingested, it’s not long before you start to feel uncomfortable – your stomach churning and generally feeling very unpleasant. Your stomach will then begin to move in contracting motions, causing you to then throw up.

This may sound like a great idea, but as with most ways when learning how to make yourself throw up, there are some negative side effects you will need to bear in mind. Taking emetics such as syrup of ipecac can cause dizziness and light-headedness, and it can also cause you to feel shortness of breath. You may suffer with low blood pressure, and you may also feel as if your heart is beating very fast. This can be a frightening experience, especially if you are experiencing it for the first time.

You should be aware that emetics ARE NOT designed for long-term use, they are not suitable for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, and should never be given to a person who is unconscious. This includes people who are drunk and “passed out”.

2 – Mustard-Mix

It sounds disgusting, and that’s because it really is. The mustard-mix method of making yourself throw up is about as appetising as the thought of throwing up itself. You will need a cup of warm water – not hot, but warm enough to drink – and also a teaspoon of mustard – whatever you have in the cupboard. You will need to drink it quickly, and it can take a long (ish) time to work too – usually around half an hour.

As with emetics, there are risks with using the mustard-mix to make yourself throw up. It might not work, for a start, and then you’ll just be left feeling worse than you did in the first place.

3 – Using Your Fingers

One of the oldest methods for making yourself throw up is often the one that works the best – using your fingers to put them down your throat and encourage your gag reflex to kick in. The idea is that you push your fingers back into your throat enough for your gag reflect to start things moving, and then remove your hands to allow yourself to throw up.

You will need to remember to wash your hands, of course, but you should also be very careful with this method. Your throat is very delicate and if you have long or sharp nails, you could cause damage. You could also be too forceful, or not forceful enough. It’s one of the oldest methods, but we never said it was the best.

4 – Bloodroot Herb

It sounds like something entirely made-up, but this Native-American method for making yourself throw up is a natural herb that could encourage vomiting. There are many side effects, mostly because this plant is incredibly toxic. You must only use this in small and very infrequent amounts, mixing the powder with water to drink, and large amounts will prove to be highly toxic.

You will want to be especially careful when using Bloodroot herb to bring on vomiting. It is very toxic, and it can also bring with it a range of negative side effects. Some people have reported having body pain – foot pain, for example – when taking it, and others have also noted side effects such as tunnel-vision, increased heart-rate, and headaches.

If you are considering using Bloodroot herb to make yourself throw up, we would highly recommend consulting with a doctor first.

5 – Warm & Salty Water

It’s another of the ways to make yourself sick that does so because it’s simply disgusting. You simply mix sea salt with warm water, and then drink in one go. You’ll be looking at around three teaspoons for the average 16-ounce glass, and once consumed can take about half an hour to work.

You may find that you have quicker results by combining this with using your fingers down your throat.

6 – Flat Fizzy Pop

Our Grandmother once said that fizzy pop cold help to calm an upset stomach, and there’s also people who swear by drinking “flat” (bubble-less) fizzy pop, such as Coca Cola, to bring out the inevitable vomiting that’s taking too long to happen.

Keep drinking glasses of the flat stuff until you feel sick, basically; a trick often used to solve cases of food poisoning or excess alcohol consumption. You should remember to drink plenty of water – the fizzy soda can dehydrate you.


There are other ways that you can try to make yourself throw up – watching someone else be sick often brings it on, and there are actually videos you can find online to help with this. You could also consider using a toothbrush rather than your fingers, although we would advise you to proceed with caution. Just remember to rehydrate yourself with plenty of water, and take care of yourself too. This is not a practice you will want to do repeatedly. Constant vomiting will prove detrimental to your health.

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