Chloroform for Hiccups
Nowadays, people will tell you to hold your breath, try to scare you, or ask you to drink water if you get hiccups. They are frustrating at times but would you consider taking something like chloroform for relief? It sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s what doctors would prescribe in the 1800s for hiccups. Patients often inhaled chloroform, and doctors thought it would stop hiccups immediately. After a short time, doctors realized the immediate dangers of using such a dangerous gas. Chloroform can cause harmful side effects. People who ingest or inhale chloroform will experience problems with their skin, eyes, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. Doctors at the time also used nitroglycerin and a sugar/vinegar mixture to treat hiccups. Exposure to chloroform can actually cause cancer.