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Vomiting treatments

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Call your doctor or go to the emergency department if you have any of the signs below, which could mean you have a high risk of becoming dehydrated or may have a more serious underlying condition.

Call an ambulance if you are vomiting and also have:

  • chest pain
  • severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • high fever and stiff neck
  • poo in the vomit
  • bleeding from your rectum
  • you think you have swallowed something poisonous.

See a doctor if:

  • you have been vomiting for more than 2 days
  • you also have a severe headache
  • you are dehydrated
  • you have not been able to keep down fluids for 12 hours or more
  • your vomit is green. In this case you are probably bringing up bile, a fluid the digestive system uses to digest foods
  • there is blood in your vomit or what looks like coffee granules
  • you have abdominal/belly or stomach pain
  • you have diabetes, especially if you need to take insulin.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your vomiting, check your symptoms with healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: July 2017

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