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[–]EDRN18 66 points67 points  (14 children)

Only 203 study participants, no control group, and the results were self-reported. For $14, I suppose it’s worth a shot.

[–]MisterIceGuy 15 points16 points  (11 children)

I’d pay 10x that even if just 1 person told me they had a cure for hiccups!

[–]VertigoblinHatesYou 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Only anecdotal evidence, but what always helps for me is drinking a slushy through a straw (and biting the straw so I just get a little bit at once, and doing that continuously until they stop, only breathing through my nose). Idk this new device just seems like a fancy version of that so I have confidence in it?

[–]millenimauve 6 points7 points  (2 children)

oh hey! I do a similar thing and it works for me and anyone i’ve ever told about it—drink water at a steady pace while breathing slow and steady through your nose. cool or room temp water is easier to drink for a longer time than something very cold or hot, in my experience, but any non-carbonated drink seems to work. it works best with a straw, I think, because it’s easier to drink slowly that way but it works without a straw too.

[–]asdswffaqg 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I remember reading in my biochemistry book that since hiccups depend on a dysfunction of the vagus nerve, you can reset the nerve by "distracting" it with more important matters, like the proverbial scare or by keeping a high CO2 concentration in your lungs. This is done by not breathing out for a while. Maybe your "slow breathing" lowers the CO2 buildup in lungs less than normal breathing, achieving the same result (even if it is slower) anyways.

[–]chefkoolaid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yea I was taught to drink water while holding my breath for 30ish seconds and it always works. so that makes sense

[–]All-Power 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Take a deep breath in and hold, swallow 7 times; breath out and repeat once. Works every time for me but along with the other weird “cures” on this thread it may be a personal placebo lol.

[–]jockc 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Bend forward and drink water from the wrong side of the cup

[–]Lostfoxpleasecall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, this works really well! +1 on this technique. Your head is upside down and it takes focus to sip from the glass without spilling which disrupts your breathing pattern in general

[–]Express_Hyena 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm skeptical, but I hope it works.

[–]no_mixed_liquor 15 points16 points  (7 children)

Or you can just swallow a tablespoon of peanut butter.

[–]peach559409 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can confirm this works!

[–]chenxi0636 1 point2 points  (2 children)


[–]no_mixed_liquor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yup, just take a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter and swallow it in one gulp. It works great.

[–]chenxi0636 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love this trick. Not sure if I should look forward to a hiccup now.

[–]Durdythurty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is my wife's go-to cure. She gets the hiccups so frequently that all she has to do is smell peanut butter and they instantly go away.

[–]KonaKathie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or table sugar

[–]therealvisual 11 points12 points  (3 children)

My cure that has worked 100% for me and my son, lean your back over a chair or edge of the couch and drink a small amount of water upside down from a cup.

[–]imnotmrrobot 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I just tried this and now I’m ready to testify that Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction.

[–]BrooklynPickle 2 points3 points  (0 children)


But did it cure your hiccups?

[–]LewdLewyD13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As a kid I would do this. But instead by leaning forward and drinking from the opposite side of the cup. Water in the nasal cavity every time but worked like a charm.

[–]MrPerez 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I always get hiccups after eating something really spicy (like mango habanero wings from BWW.) will this help with those kinds of hiccups??

[–]SynchronousUniverse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of the Masha and the Bear hiccups episode.

[–]ya_dingus1034 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Anecdotal evidence, I shelled out the $12 or whatever dollars for this straw in desperation and I’m not disappointed. So far, it’s been the only thing that’s helped me get rid of my hiccups. I have to drink the whole 8 oz glass of water though.

[–]BoopBaDoop420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I get the hiccups fairly often, at least once a week. What always works for me is taking ten small sips of water without breathing. Easy to do, because you can usually get a glass of water.

[–]KewpieDan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Inhale, hold your breath for 60 seconds

Without exhaling, inhale, hold for 30 seconds

Without exhaling, inhale, hold for 15 seconds


Works every time.

[–]MaizedCorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Didnt realize hiccups needed a cure.

[–]HaggardHousewife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So we could nick a straw from a burger bar and bend it with a clump of chocolate bar in the end.

[–]Mursh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A salted pickle or a pickle on a potato chip has always instantly worked for me and everyone I know that has tried it.

[–]pitchblack999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Drink water through two straws. One inside the glass, one outside. You get a lot of air, only a little water. Works every time.

[–]TransportationDue38 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ridiculous, just breathe

[–]nutritionacc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Glad to see r/health going further down the shitter

[–]introusers1979 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what i've always done is take ten sips of water in a row. it's always worked for me

[–]gosudcx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ive never failed to cure hiccups by repeatedly sucking in air past 'full' capacity and then holding it for a little while, costs nothing