Although hiccups are physiological reactions, when they become persistent, it is probably pathological, or medication induced. Digestive system disorders are the most common etiologies of intractable hiccups, such as Acid reflux diseases and gastric distension. Another common pathological etiology of hiccups is cancer and chemotherapy— specifically esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and brain tumors. Other causes of pathological hiccups are brain disease and disorders such as strokes, brain cancers, brain tumors and aneurysms. Lastly, pathological hiccups could be one of the only symptoms of a heart attack.
As mentioned, chronic hiccups could be due to the side effects of the medications used to treat a medical condition. One of the most known medicines that induce hiccups are steroids such as dexamethasone and prednisolone, followed by sedatives such as diazepam, midazolam, and barbiturates.
Many physicians prescribe additional medication to stop the hiccups since the hiccups can be painful and are typically ongoing. However, the medication offered - such as chlorpromazine and baclofen, have unpleasant side effects that most patients don’t want to deal with.
If you suffer from pathological hiccups and prefer an organic treatment instead of a medication, HiccAway would be the best solution for you.
HiccAway is a scientific tool based on hiccups' physiology using the forced inspiratory suction and swallowing maneuver to stop hiccups. HiccAway activates the diaphragm muscle and epiglottis by opposing a negative inspiratory force. HiccAway has shown more than 90% effectiveness compared to other remedies for hiccups and is a highly effective alternative solution. In patients with prolonged hiccups who required medications, HiccAway had more than 70% success compared to the medication used. For cancer patieents who had hiccups as a result of their type of cancer or their chemotherapy treatment, HiccAway had 90% effectiveness.
Considering the complexity of chronic hiccups and pathological hiccups, patients may need to use the HiccAway multiple times a day, whenever their hiccups return. However, sipping water through an easy-to-use tool to find hiccup relief is a much better alternative than suffering from hiccups or medicating with harsh substances.