Please suggest a treatment for persistent hiccups.

Q. Please suggest a treatment for persistent hiccups.

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 04, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My father-in-law has hiccups since the last three years. He recently got an endoscopy done, the reports of which I am attaching here. Also, he has tried a few medications, but still he is not getting better. When I researched online about his condition, it says as chronic hiccups. So, I need to know what would be the correct treatment. Can you please help me cure him? He currently takes Ativan 1 mg for his heart.



Welcome to

I have gone through your query as well as the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • On review, the endoscopic findings seem to be less convincing. The only issue found on the endoscopy is a mild hiatus hernia, a disease of the upper digestive tract. It may also contribute to chronic hiccups. There are a lot more causes of hiccups, including but not limited to, muscular spasm of the diaphragm, irritation of the nerves that run from the neck to the chest, etc. We need to rule out all the causes of hiccups including digestive system abnormalities.
  • He is taking Ativan (Lorazepam). So, ask his physician if it is suitable to give him Chlorpromazine. That is very effective in most patients with hiccups.
  • When there is a severe episode of hiccups, ask your father in law to sip water from a glass with a napkin on its top. He will have to suck hard through the napkin. Using this technique, the muscles of the diaphragm are used forcibly and the patient gets a relief.


For more information consult an internal medicine physician online -->

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
The Pupil of Our Eye and Problems Related to Its Size

.. circular opening in the iris of our eye with variable size. The main function of the pupil is to constrict in the presence of light and hence regulate the amount of light entering the eye. This mechanism of light regulation is quite important in determ   Read full

Are hiatal hernias related to autism?

A high-fiber diet and breathing exercises will help in early recovery from a hiatal hernia ... Yoga and light exercises will help to strengthen the diaphragm ...   Read full

How can I cure muscle spasms and pain in back, neck and leg?

I have been experiencing muscle spasms and pain in the back, neck, and leg since 10 years intermittently ... Sometimes on feet or leg and other times on back or neck   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

PCOS and Liver Problems
The hormonal imbalances in polycystic ovary syndrome could cause liver diseases. Read the article to know the relationship between these medical conditions.  Read more»
Inferior Alveolar Nerve Lateralization Technique
The inferior alveolar nerve lateralization technique is a surgical lateralization technique to reposition the nerve. Read the article to know more about this.  Read more»
COVID-19 and Ebola: Similarities and Differences
This article gives a comparison and broader overview of the outbreak of the two deadliest diseases that showed a greater incidence over the last two decades.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an Internal Medicine Physician Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.