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November 12, 2003 5:34 PM

Not sure which will work for you and which won't, but here, at least, is a loooooooong list of possible cures to try out :-) Good luck!

November 12, 2003 5:46 PM

Some more reading material: The medical cures: "Mother nature"'s cures (some 17 different ones): Good news is it will probably finish sooner for you than for this guy:

November 12, 2003 5:49 PM

Force yourself to hiccup. Right now. Come on. Hurry up. I want to hear the loudest hiccup you've ever made. And if that doesn't work, go up to someone and try to hiccup in their face, to prove that you still have the hiccups, because frankly, I don't believe you. 2 entire days? That's crap.

November 12, 2003 6:12 PM

You may have some sort of digestive problem and it sounds kind of serious. I'm not trying to freak you out or anything, but if it hurts to breath and has lasted for two days, then you should definitely see a doctor about it.

November 12, 2003 6:28 PM

Think of the ab workout you got... I bet you have a sweet 6-pack right now because of it... think of this spell of extended hiccups as a blessing in disguise ;-)

November 12, 2003 6:28 PM

A waitress in Charleston, SC taught me this'll need someone else to do it to you, since it won't work when self-applied. All they need to do is take your hand and pinch the skin between the thumb and forefinger as hard as they can. It's always worked like a charm...

Douglas Calvert
November 12, 2003 7:26 PM

I learned this in the restaurant business: 1 lemon wedge covered in sugar doused with bitter. Eat one or two of those as if you were doing a lime before tequila and you should be all set...

Adam Kalsey
November 12, 2003 7:28 PM

I don't think it's a digestive problem. I also happen to have an awful cold and the hiccups seem to start shortly after a coughing fit. I think I'm probably causing muscle spasms in my diaphragm. Erik: I'd have to have hiccups for years to come anywhere close to a six pack. Rather than abs that resemble a six pack, I have abs *caused* by six packs.

Richard Schwartz
November 12, 2003 7:39 PM

If memory serves me correctly, this one came from Walt Kelly's comic strip "Pogo" many years ago: stick your head in a bucket of water five times, and pull it out four times. 100% success rate, guaranteed, but perhaps a bit drastic. ;-) -rhs

November 13, 2003 5:33 AM

I'd say go for the deep relaxation route if all else fails. Long hot shower or bath, full body massage, or other indoor sports. Usually my long hiccup attacks are partially stress related.

Dougal Campbell
November 13, 2003 9:08 AM

The method I've always used is to take a deeeeep breath. No -- deeper. No, even deeper than that. Suck as much air as you possibly can into your lungs. Then suck in some more. And some more. And hold it in as long as you can. Theoretically, this will help your diaphram to pop back into the proper position.

November 13, 2003 9:10 AM

A large spoon full of shugar works well.

November 13, 2003 10:27 AM

take a toothpick, and break off one third of it. take the larger portion, and set it with the broken end just at your hairline, and the pointed end facing down towards your nose. balance it on your forehead with your head tilted back slightly until your next hiccup.

November 13, 2003 11:35 AM

HIC! - I guess the best - HIC! - way is to - HIC! - drink water from the - HIC! - back end of a glass - HIC! - while reciting Hamlet backwards and - HIC! - squeezing nostrils - HIC! - and blocking your ears and - HIC! standing on one foot and undulating your tummy like a belly dancer and - AHHH! Seriously eating more slowly, drinking more water, reducing stress and simplify your diet. If you get hiccups badly chronically and very often - you may consider something is causing this little emergency and ask your doctor... Generally the breath holding excercise works for me. Sometimes it takes a few goes...

November 13, 2003 12:35 PM

This works for me, but then I don't get them for 2 days straight. Take your index finger and middle finger of your left hand. Place them upon your left ear. Tilt you head to the left, and breathe as evenly as possible. Reverse if you're left handed (i.e., use you non-writing hand)

Roger Benningfield
November 13, 2003 8:16 PM

I swear this has worked for me 100% of the time, and I've managed to teach the technique to my wife. She hasn't perfected it yet, but if I walk her though it, it works. Sit or recline somewhere comfortable and preferably quiet. Breathe in a steady, normal fashion. Then begin to concentrate on your abdominal muscles, with the objective being to relax them as much as possible. Focus on any muscular tension you can detect and try to dissipate it. You may find it helpful to have someone else place a hand on your stomach to give you a clearer focal point. That's it... never fails.

November 13, 2003 9:09 PM

A simple technique that has worked for EVERYONE I know who has tried it, including a friend who had them for 2 days while in a hospital & nurses couldn't help: Close up both ears with your fingers and drink a large drink of water, at least three swallows worth. Someone can hold the cup for you, or hold your ears for you, or use a straw.

November 14, 2003 2:19 AM

I had to give my 2 cents... My grandmother taught me this and it's never failed either. Place the middle of a spoon across your mouth (so part of the handle is touching both corners of your lips) and hold it there while you drink a glass of water. Totally works.

November 14, 2003 10:00 AM

This works first time, every time for me. YMMV. Swallow air. When a hiccup comes, burp simultaneously. That's it.

November 14, 2003 5:39 PM

If you haven't cured your hiccups I recommend have someone you know scare you when you aren't expecting it.

November 17, 2003 8:20 AM

I too get violent hiccups from time to time. Drink a glass of water backwards. If you normally take water from a glass with the edge closest to you then do the opposite. Take the far edge of the cup as you would hold it normally and quaff! The effect is a sort of leaning over forward with the far edge of the cup at your lips and the water flowing into your mouth hitting the roof of your mouth first. Normally when I get violent hiccups I can produce a hiccup with a cough. Cough-HICCUP! This reverse drinking from a glass works for me every time.

Darien Tunnell
November 17, 2003 7:43 PM

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Adam Kalsey
November 17, 2003 11:11 PM

"Now watch, I’ll have the number one site for hiccup remedies in Google within the week." Yup. This page is now #1 on Google for "hiccup remedies." I find that amusing.

November 24, 2003 8:44 PM

The squeazing the skin between the forefinger and the thumb worked for me!! i swear to god, my girlfriend did it for me just now and they are gone. crazy!

November 24, 2003 10:22 PM

My friend always swears by taking the biggest knife in his kitchen and holding the point end as close to his open eye as possible. Apparently self preservation kicks in and the hiccups stop. Don't trust it myself (I know I would try it while drunk).

Adam Kalsey
November 24, 2003 10:24 PM

That is the most frightening thing I've heard in a very long time.

November 25, 2003 4:56 PM

I second Robert's remedy. Drinking "backwards" from a glass. Works every time for me. Perhaps there's a real scientific explanation to this one.

Albert Stadt
July 30, 2004 4:17 PM

Click on my name to see my remedy. It's something you can do anywhere! No sugar, water or paraphernalia required. Basically, you fill your lungs COMPLETELY with air. If you can still hiccup, your lungs aren't full. When you've managed to prevent one hiccup, slowly let the air escape. Now you're cured! I've had many satisfied customers write back to me. I hope it works for you too!

August 23, 2004 5:56 AM

the skin between the thumb and index finger. i have had hiccups for 5hrs and it drove me mad, and i had those hideous loud ones, that make you souns like estranged donkey. my boss doesnt sit too far away either. and its embarassing. trying not to cough, in fear of starting them off again.

September 6, 2004 8:51 PM

I truely hate the hiccups. I have had them for over a week once. One of the absolute best cures I know, is vinager. take a teaspoon of vinager, if it doesnt work,do it again. It will work, each time you get the hiccups, get the vinager, soon, all you will need to do is smell the vinager, and the hiccups are gone. Sometimes all I need to do is just say the word and think about it, and poof, just like magic they are gone. ( now dont go drinking a gallon of vinafer, this is what works for me)

September 13, 2004 5:56 AM

I can now vouch for the thumb-and-index finger method. Last night my wife got the hiccups just before bedtime. She hiccuped for 15 minutes with no end in sight. I found this page and read the thumb-and-index finger suggestion. Skeptical, my wife tried it, and the hiccups stopped immediately. We were floored- thanks!

September 17, 2004 9:36 PM

Wife got a nasty case of hiccups, I tried the thumb and index finger no success, tried the lemon and sugar nothin doin, tried vinegar and no dice , finally after about 45 min. we tried the drinking water from the opposite side of the cup and after 4 swigs the were gone. Yes you will look like a moron but it seemed to work for her.

November 15, 2004 12:44 PM

I am doing a reseach paper on hiccups and if you have been having hiccups for more than three hours and can not get rid of them you should contact a doctor. You could have chronic hiccups and may need a prescribed medication! hope you feel better R

November 16, 2004 4:07 PM

i just had the hicupps and i searched the web and found this sight the vinnegar is the worst tasting stuff but ive had the hiccups throughout school today and i took some vinagar and its been 2 minutes and i havent had the hiccups sence

November 17, 2004 2:20 PM

I get severe hiccups at least once a week. If I let them go they start to hurt my chest. The only thing that seems to work consistantly is filling my lungs so full you can't hiccup, as mentioned a couple times on this site. Usually about the third time I hold my breathe they are gone.

December 11, 2004 10:15 PM

This works every time. (usually in bars). 6-8 oz. of water in a glass no ice. Light 2 matches. Put them out in the glass of water and quickly drink down the water and be careful not to drink the matches. Drink down the water without taking a break. I've seen it work at least 50 times.

December 23, 2004 12:12 AM

I feel your pain. It's 3am and I've had violent hiccups on and off all day today. I can't sleep, and I feel ill. It's not a fun thing. If they don't stop by tomorrow then I think I'll call the doctor's office and see if they can offer better hints than the things I'm trying. Ugh. I hate this.

January 8, 2005 7:16 PM

I have always gotten rid of my hiccups the same way. You take a teaspoon on sugar, and put it on your tongue (don't swallow yet!) Get a big full glass of water and then swallow the sugar with a sip of water followed by finishing off the whole glass. Works every time! Just did it again a few minutes ago.

January 23, 2005 9:15 PM

I looked up the internet for a hiccup remedy......I was hiccuping but snorting at the same time through my nose. How embarassing especially when answering the reception telephone. THANKS Ann for your post on Jan 08, 2005.........sugar works....immediately. What a cool thing. Vanessa

February 2, 2005 8:08 AM

igot the hiccups today so itried eating they went away for awhile but now they aare back

February 9, 2005 8:26 PM

This ALWAYS work for me. You first put a teaspoon of sugar on your tounge, next you lye upsidown and drink 10 galsses of water really really fast then you burp really loud. You then put a luch bag on your head and leave it one for about 3 hours. Works every time! : D

March 30, 2005 10:33 AM

Ann: the sugar worked. I'd been hiccuping on and off for the last 18 hours. Took your advice and now I am glad to report that I am hiccup-free. Thanks!

April 23, 2005 9:20 PM

Hiccups are an extra amount of air. To get rid of it, just do something normal like conversation, and then suddenly stop and blow OUT for as long as you can, like deflating a balloon. Do not take a breath in first. If you hiccup, ignore it and keep going. Sometimes if you've deflated all the way, try and hold it at the end. Different remedies work for different people, so this might/might not work for you.

April 29, 2005 1:33 PM

I didn't read them all, and I didn't look to see when you posted your question, but this works EVERY time for EVERY person I've ever seen try it: eat a spoonful of creamy peanut butter. Works every time! It's the only thing I even try anymore! :)

May 23, 2005 9:32 AM

stephanie is right about the peanut butter. It works EVERY time

May 30, 2005 5:17 AM

hiccups are spasms of your diaphram. It's a sort of reflex triggered by eating too quickly, an irritation of the stomach or throat, or nervousness. Having too much air really has nothing to do with it. I've found a tsp of sugar on the tongue or a shot of pickle juice works for me.

July 9, 2005 2:15 PM

i have had the hicups for a few days now and i would like to say that the pinching of the skin inbetween the indexfinger and the thumb seemed worthless to me as i read i found the vinagar comment. i do admit that if u have hicups then take a little bit more than a tsp of vinagar and waaaam the vinagar knocked the hic ups runninlights out. I swear to the almighty lord that this one does the trick i tried every other one on the page and nope not as good ans vinagar

July 9, 2005 7:43 PM

how can you make yourself get the hiccups

July 12, 2005 1:47 PM

I tried cashew butter, as I didn't have peanut butter. And, it works great! Thank you!

charmaine pett
July 14, 2005 12:38 PM

I don't believe it, I just had the hiccups and NOTHING could get rid of them! I tried holding my breath, drinking water upside down and even the teaspoon of sugar. Before killing myself as a attempt to stop them, I looked at this website and tried the peanut buteer... IT WORKED!!!! Thankyou so much!

July 15, 2005 7:47 PM

I just tried the pickle juice and it worked!!! I thought it was caused by air but now I believe it is stomach irritation. I might try the peanut butter next. Thanks to daysleeper_025 Rudie

July 27, 2005 9:23 PM

Incredible. I have been losing my head with a two day hiccups. I took the vinegar and out it went. Great

July 29, 2005 8:57 AM

I've been getting the hiccups everyday for 6 years now, but in the last year they've gotten much worse, to the point they don't really go away. I've tried everything and it's soooooo annoying. It's just great having really loud hiccups in class or at work! NOT!!! I've been to my doctor and had a bunch of tests, I've been on meds that worked for awhile but don't anymore. It's awful. Not even the peanut butter thing that is supposed to work for everyone every time works.

August 5, 2005 7:33 AM

My husband had hiccups for a couple of days. He had been started on a new prescription. The doctor said that it couldn't have caused them, but the pharmacist said it could have. He quit taking the prescripton and the hiccups stopped.

August 7, 2005 12:47 PM

The vinegar trick works like a magic. All of my hiccups are gone in literally less than 30 secs!

Fellow Hiccomumper
August 25, 2005 8:45 AM

I spread my arms out in a "T" shape and breathed deeply twice. Worked like a charm and they are gone! Haha Now I'm a poet! Amazing what these rememdies can do!

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September 13, 2005 5:14 PM

My husband is on his third day with the hiccups. He has seen two doctors and they don't really know what to do. He can't sleep, He can't work, He can't sleep in our bed because they are that loud and strong that he shakes our bed everytime he hiccups. His chest is now hurting and we don't know what to do. He has just tried some tablets that are supposed to relax the muscles and help him sleep, so we are waiting to see if that will take affect? We are at our wits end????

September 14, 2005 12:40 PM

Two remedies seemed to work 1.Eat a naartjie (tangerine) Then I ran out of naartjies 2. Drink a glass of coke - it worked, just now In this case the drink water and count did not work. I suspect the hiccups was caused by a new prescription that I started

October 5, 2005 6:52 AM

Almost non stop for two days - the sugar trick worked! Thanks!

October 15, 2005 2:39 AM

I followed "Fellow Hiccomumper's" remedy even though at first I thought that isn't going to work, and all i have to say is, I am amazed!! I did it and then kept waiting for a hiccup but I haven't had any!!! It really works!!!

October 19, 2005 2:19 PM

had hiccups for 5 days .living hell. every 3 seconds . sedate yourself . lots of sleep . eat well .just lots of above . it worked !!

November 3, 2005 3:07 AM

I suffer just about everyday from really violent hiccups. Generally i get them for about 2-3 hours at a time and get really bloated from all the water i drink. I have tried water, breathing exercises and just about everything else. Sometimes the water and breathing exercises help other times they don't. I try to relax myself and think of a question i don't know the answer to, well try and tell myself i do so i have to think really hard and forget about the hiccups.. i tried some of your remedies on this web site and found some of them actually worked. Now i don't have to drink heaps and heaps of water every time i get the hiccups. I can try over 100 ways to get rid of them so i never get bored with the remedies.. Thank you to every one who put their own remedies on here...

November 9, 2005 8:07 PM

I think all these remdies work great some different for others. Sometimes each one will work depending on what sikes you up. Try them all, and I am sure that one of them will work. Once I tried the sugar, and it worked, but this time it didnt. This time it was drinking upside down from the glass. See sometimes you hiccup, and sometimes you dont. It's healed in the name of Jesus...

November 15, 2005 2:48 PM

Just did the sugar on tongue and it worked!!!!!! THANKS!!!

November 30, 2005 6:05 AM

what the heck is the remedy?????? My husband is here in pain for days. Hes ready to take off work for this. I cant believe its so bad. help us someone please.

December 3, 2005 12:06 AM

I had hiccups and belching off and on (more on) for 10 days straight. Tried everything and finally went to the ER after doing it for 9 hours every 2-3 seconds. The ER Doc put a tongue depressor under my Uvala and held it up to the roof of my mouth for about 15 seconds and the hiccups stopped. They have come back 10 days later and I used the depressor as instructed and they stopped again. Seems to work!

regan tindell
December 9, 2005 8:58 PM

my dad has this remedie that always works for me here it is first you breathe in and out 3 times on the 3rd time you hold your breath then you swallow three times then hold your breath again for 10 seconds this time then breathe out a long hard breath and then they're gone it always works for me maybe it will work for some other people too !! i sure hope so <3 regan tindell 13 years old from belton , tx

Lou Johnson
December 15, 2005 8:22 PM

At 77 years of age can not remember my first bout with hic ups but this second one was unrelenting until I read some of the cures and let out a big laugh and my hic ups were gone! Lou

December 15, 2005 8:30 PM

Sugar Works! FXXKing Hiccup for two days and taking a bag of Mc Donald's Sugar, stop right away. Hard to Believe

January 1, 2006 1:03 AM

I used to work in a pub and people with the hiccups would always ask for a shot of rasberry syrup. After having the hiccups for nearly 2 days continous I tried it and it worked immediately. Have also tried rasberry cordial, rasberry jam...many rasberry products but only the syrup worked

January 5, 2006 9:41 PM

Regan's remedy worked wonders for me after about 7 hours of hiccups (with a break in the middle, strangely). I had tried peanut butter, sugar, water, gargling, paper bag, standing upside down, eating everything in sight, massage, watching tv, jumping up and down, holding my breath. But the breathing-swallowing-breathholding technique was the only thing that did it! Thanks!

January 12, 2006 1:34 AM

Kudos and thanks to Regan & Regan's dad!!! The spoonful of sugar trick usually works for me, but for some reason, the hiccups were unrelenting until I tried the "breathing cure". I am very grateful......

January 16, 2006 12:34 PM

This sounds crazy - works like a charm. You need water (8oz or so) in a glass and a straw. Put the straw in your mouth - hold your ears - and drink the water without stopping. My grammie taught me that as a young kid...Has never failed.

January 21, 2006 3:17 AM

the drinking water backwards method worked for me. i had the hiccups for 2 days and tried everything else nothing worked. this method worked the first time. thanks

February 12, 2006 9:04 AM

It all started with my stomach hurting in the first place. Then I had constant hiccups, and now I've vomited and I still have them. That doesn't seem usual...

bev shroot
February 12, 2006 8:18 PM

does anyone know where the idea of getting a shock to cure hiccups came from? i'm working on a tv programme that needs to know!

February 21, 2006 7:14 AM

the spoon full of sugar worked 4 MeEEeeEE! i had the hiccups 4 the last 4 days!!!so they're gone now. and this is wunnerful

Upside Down Girl
February 23, 2006 5:39 AM

To get rid of hiccups I put water in my mouth then I lay down on my back, say on a bench with my head hanging over the side and then I swallow the water. It works all the time!

February 23, 2006 7:52 AM

Take a washcloth, thoroughly wet it with warm water, cover your mouth and nose and breathe calmly. It usually only takes a minute (or less!) for my hiccups to go away.

February 23, 2006 7:54 PM

I used to get hiccups when I drank alot. I had a friend who helped me with this remedy; which still works 7 years later!!! Put your head in the sink and drink water backwards out of the glass; (tip you head upside down and hold the glass with both hands put them to your lips back-wards and sip the water like a slurppie. this has not only worked for me but for my husband and our friends. Sounds silly, looks ridiculous but works every single time!!!

April 3, 2006 4:54 PM

yall are so stupid the way to get rid of hiccus is to kiss someone

April 4, 2006 12:56 AM

well try these 2 methods to get rid of hiccups... they hv really worked for everyone.. 1)drink a glass of water.. or mayb 2... 2)take deep breaths....inhale n exhale deeply..let ur lungs hv fresh air. try them they work really well... gudluck

Dr. Mystery
April 10, 2006 2:17 PM

One sure cure for the hiccups is a bullet to the head...

April 12, 2006 12:02 PM

none of these worked. damn you hiccup noobs! make them go away!

April 21, 2006 5:11 PM

for me to get rid of a hiccup...all i do is hold my breathe for a few secs and it goes away...turst me this works

April 21, 2006 5:12 PM

for me to get rid of a hiccup...all i do is hold my breathe for a few secs and it goes away...turst me this works

April 25, 2006 1:05 PM

teaspoon of great if ur tired! Not only will a bolt of energy rush throughout your body but your hiccups too will end! try it out, you know you want to!

April 26, 2006 11:22 AM

FYI, #1 result for "getting rid of hiccups" #2 for "hiccup remedies"

May 15, 2006 8:15 PM

That silly drinking upside down thing worked for me. I've had the hiccups on and off (much more on than off) for almost 5 hours now. If this thing fails me again, I'm gong with Dr. Mystery's suggestion.

Phil Ehlinger
June 1, 2006 5:13 PM

Try this new invention - uses galvanic stimulation and never fails..

Phil Ehlinger
June 1, 2006 5:14 PM

Try this new invention - uses galvanic stimulation and never fails..

Nos Lived
June 5, 2006 3:26 AM

Uhhh. Right. But what about a newborn? My son is only 2 weeks old and gets hiccups like crazy. He doesn't really have alot of skin between the fingers (If he does, I can't find it) and can't really grasp the concept of "lung filling". What could I do to stop my little guy from hiccuping?

June 12, 2006 11:07 PM

Try eating a small spoonful of sugar, holding it in you mouth for a minute and then swallow it.It works sumtimes.

ryan brazil
July 27, 2006 12:41 AM

heres whats worked with me, the spoon full of sugar, eating peanut butter, and the one that works all the time and has yet to fail me, is you have to drown yourself, or basically do it till you can no longer stand to hold your breath. it deprieves your diaphram of oxygen, thats where the hiccups orginate

August 3, 2006 8:57 PM

take the biggest breathe of air you can and then try to swallow more air as many times as you can if you only swallow one or two gulps of air it might not work 3 is a pretty good chane 4 is a high rate that those nasty hiccups will be gone and if u can reach 5 ur hiccups will be gone!

August 3, 2006 8:58 PM

take the biggest breathe of air you can and then try to swallow more air as many times as you can if you only swallow one or two gulps of air it might not work 3 is a pretty good chance 4 is a high rate that those nasty hiccups will be gone and if u can reach 5 ur hiccups will be gone!

August 17, 2006 10:53 AM

try eating mustard that works for me most of the time. It's nasty but it does relieve the hiccups.

jockey mcstrap
August 30, 2006 5:19 PM

i randomly do one hiccup everyday about 2 or 3 times. anyone know why?

September 3, 2006 8:57 PM

i put a spoon in the back my mouth and triggered my gag reflex, it seemed to work.

September 19, 2006 6:43 AM

sounds weird but this has worked for me everytime... take a small glass of water (I've always used a normal sized styrofoam coffee cup at the office and filled it about 1/2 - 3/4 full.) then take one or two matches (depending on how bad the hicups) and light them, let burn a second and then douse them out in the water. You will see the sulfer floating ontop of the water... drink the water. (try to watch how you tip the glass to keep the sulfar in the water and not sticking to the side of the glass) Your hicups will diappear immediately, no pain, no embarrassing stunts or spoons in uncomfortable places.

September 22, 2006 11:08 AM

Drink vinigar, just a spoonful, this works EVERY time for me. And it's fast too, just drink and your done.

September 24, 2006 6:17 PM

I can't believe it i've had hiccups for 13 DAYS!!! i've been to the doctor and its because i have acid reflux i tried everything then i find this site and found the peanut butter cure it actually worked im gobsmacked whoever thought of it needs an award. plus the doctor said gavison should help if its due to an irritation of the diaphragm

October 9, 2006 4:26 PM

Okay, you may think im crazy, but my mate brian suggested this, and the second time i tried it it worked. You can do this absolutly anywhere, no painful breathing in, all you do is; Hold youre breath. Think of white horses, galloping around. hear them. smell them. be at peace. If that doesnt work, try blinking constantly and gurgleing. if THAT doesnt work, try the first method again. Seriously, ive had mine for HOURS, and this actually worked.

October 22, 2006 6:09 PM

To get rid of hiccups, I have always taken a paper towel and folded it in half twice and put it over the top of a cup and drank the water through the paper towel. It has always worked for me.

October 25, 2006 3:23 AM

Thanks Jessica :) I only get the hiccups once and awhile. I tried the vinegar, and it didn't work. The paper towel trick worked instantally! Thank you!!!!

October 30, 2006 9:10 AM

Eat 6 reese's peanut butter cups in a row but allow them to melt in your mouth for a bit, worked like a charm! (and tasty)

Stephen Bricker
November 3, 2006 10:41 PM

Yep, for the longest time I relied on the breathing technique (breathe out, breathe in and out again while sitting down) but now that didn't seem to work. Acid reflux had it going for me but the peanut butter trick seemed to work this time.

November 5, 2006 1:02 PM

Tip your head forwards, then drink a glass of water from the far side of the cup. Strange method, but worked a treat|!

November 8, 2006 9:26 AM

Take a deep breath. Take a big gulp of water and let it rest in your mouth, then plug your ears and close your eyes, tilt your head slightly back while you swallow it. Works everytime for me.

November 13, 2006 12:29 PM

Grab a piece of paper or find something with any type of print on it (poster, menu, book, etc). Pick a letter or word and just stare at it. Focus on it and only it, think only about that word/letter. Breathe in and out slowly and relax. Do this for maybe 10-30 seconds and your hiccups will be GONE!

November 18, 2006 8:48 PM

Todd Open your eyes real wide while sitting cross legged on the floor - put your 2 fingers in your nostrils, hold your breath, with your free hand - pull your hair - if that doesn't work - call candid camera

November 28, 2006 3:51 PM

It's not bs about the hiccups. I too have had my hiccups for two days. Very painful. I found this site to try to get rid of them.

November 30, 2006 8:10 PM

Wow. Liz's focus on a word or letter trick really DOES the trick! I had doubts, but I really suggest it everyone! Thanks LIZ!

December 3, 2006 10:40 AM

Wow! Liz method does work! Whatever the explanation may be, ya got me. Man I suffer from terrible hiccups, sooo hard and painful. This is the first thing ever that worked. I googled how to get rid of my hiccup cause it's just making me so sick and it just would not stop. Amazing!!!!

December 8, 2006 6:53 PM

try eating a teaspoon of honey. if that doesn't work, then hold your breath and swallow 4-5 times.

Yvette Eastman
January 8, 2007 9:52 AM

2 different methods 1. Take a ball and place it under your armpit - either one. Squeeze it. In a restaurant, or public place, use an empty glass. 2. Tap gently on your forehead, in the centre, just above your nose. I tried this on a baby with instant results.

January 23, 2007 10:15 AM

Try a spoonful of peanut butter!

jessa Lawson
March 20, 2007 11:02 AM

I know a way my fourt grade teacher told me. if you sit indian style in a corner put your middle and pointer fingers on each of your eyes and say somebodys name for each letter of the alphabet... like A is abigail B is breanna and so on so forth untill you think the hicups are gone.

May 16, 2007 6:41 PM

GUARANTEED! Take a deep breath and blow it out, take a big gulp of water then bend backward over the arm of a couch so that the arm is in the middle of your back. Slowly swallow water. The max I've had to do this is 3 times. Doesn't seem to work well when I try it laying upside off my bed. The angle of the couch works best.

Zara Black
August 23, 2007 2:56 AM

My work collegue cured me in a moment by dropping a key down my back, they stopped instantly.....sounds wierd but is a sure fire cure. It is now my party trick!!!!!

November 1, 2007 8:24 PM

Get a friend to tell you... if you hicup one more time you owe me 100 dollars.. it actually works!

November 8, 2007 10:44 AM

did you try anything yet? Let me know how it worked....I have them for three days now.....OUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!

November 8, 2007 10:44 AM

did you try anything yet? Let me know how it worked....I have them for three days now.....OUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!

November 9, 2007 2:41 PM

Drink a cup/glass of water with a paper towel covering the rim.

November 14, 2007 12:03 PM

A friend told me this one years ago and it has worked every time I've used it. Sit upright in a chair with your arms hanging down to your side. Have someone hold a cup of water to your mouth and take 3-5 drinks. Abracadabra, they're gone!

December 10, 2007 7:17 PM

okay i am one of those unlucky people who has had hiccups since before i was born. NOTHING works. i did however look up shis site and they were gone.

February 29, 2008 11:08 PM

ive had the hiccups for days. it got me so pissed off that i punched myself in the chest,hard, it worked!

September 7, 2008 3:42 PM

THANK YOU!!! Someone please explain to me why the paper towel thing works! I have been using that remedy with perfect results since I was in elementary school! I'm now 24 and it has worked every single time. I am not superstitious, it doesn't work because I BELIEVE it works, it just works... Why?!?!?!?!

February 18, 2009 12:11 PM

I have hiccupped every (that im sure of) since my freshman year of 04. Its not many. just one or two every half hour at the least. sometimes id hiccup two times and wont hiccup for another four hours. but its a re accuring thing. and its driving me crazy. I feel like i have to explain myself everytime someone thinks ive been drinking. (im a waitress) sometimes people thinks its funny, but other times people really do think ive been drinking. but thats besides the point, it really hurts when i get them in consecutive times. over and over. or if i miss a hiccup - if that makes since - where you burp at the same time or have your mouth closed. is there like some sort of normal or abnormal cure for this? and seriously..dont ask for me to hold my breath..cause that wont work. lol

June 16, 2009 11:44 PM

Dear James, I am writing to you reguarding your comment on December 3, 2005 12:06 AM My father is sufferring from hiccups since 2 back.It happens in a 10 day cycle of hiccups + vommiting.then the next 10 days are totally normal.Done various medical tests and treatments...but couldnt find a cure... this is a rare instance that match with my fathers illness.I would like to contact you ASAP.please reply me ... thank you!

September 4, 2009 4:34 PM

Heres what works.1/2 a spoon of salt on your tongue,mouthful of water,gargle 30-60 seconds.Ive used it many times without a failure.

August 29, 2010 7:36 PM

plug both nostrils with the only the tips of your fingers and lick both of your lips with only the tips of your tongue.

January 7, 2011 8:03 PM

Paper towel over the rim of the cup just worked for me. I tried it out of desperation thinking it was just stupid and i was going to laugh at myself for even trying but it really worked almost immediately.

January 20, 2011 10:44 AM

most remedies that help are all because of holding your breath. this slows down your breathing and restarts it easing the diaphragm spasm. you may just simply think, why doesn't it work when i hold my breath but these other ones do? well doing those other random things takes your mind off the hiccups by either using another part of your body or giving you a different sensation as a means of distraction. 9 sips of water works best for me. 1 sip, swallow, 2 sip, swallow... :D

March 31, 2011 4:17 PM

To Mitchell, your Salt solution worked perferctly!!!! Tastes horrible but got rid of my annoying hickup after the second gargle!!! This is the perfect solution!!!!! Thanks so much

May 19, 2011 4:48 AM

The Key down the back REALLY works.. I cant actually believe it !! Thanks Zara

June 1, 2011 2:22 PM

It worked, i just read this on the first page as i have had hiccups all day!!! looking for a cure on the old interweb and thought i'd try the first sensible and logical one..................... Sit upright in a chair with your arms hanging down to your side. Have someone hold a cup of water to your mouth and take 3-5 sips...........actually tried it a few times since and it works every time.

March 14, 2012 1:14 AM

i tried every last one of these tricks and not one of them worked at all. i have had hiccups for 5 days now constantly even when i sleep and the longest they stop is for 20 mins on there own.

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