FAQ

About Hiccupops

Are you Sugar-Free? Do you have any sugary ingredients?
No, we are not sugar-free yet, but we expect to add this to our product line at some point. Here's an image of a 10-pack ingredients label so can understand what sugar ingredients are inside a Hiccupop. 10-Pack Picture
Are you Gluten-Free? I have Celiac and cannot have anything that has traces of wheat flour.
Yes, we are 100% Gluten-Free! We use very small amounts of rice-based flour as part of the manufacturing process to prevent sticking. We confirmed our ingredients with the Celiac Disease Foundation as meeting the needs of people with Celiac Disease.
Are Hiccupops safe for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies? Where are they prepared? Do they come into contact with peanut or nuts at any time? Do they share equipment with items that contain nuts or peanuts?
Yes, they are safe for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies. They are prepared in a 100% nut free facility.
What’s in one Hiccupop?
Hiccupops are all natural, containing the perfect combination of water, sugar and apple cider vinegar (and some other special ingredients). All Hiccupops are made with organic ingredients.  Here's our label from a 10-pack! 10-Pack Picture
How do they work?
Hiccupops contain a unique blend of ingredients that may trigger a set of nerves in the mouth and throat that are believed to be involved with the the hiccup reflex arc. When those nerves are over-stimulated, it's possible that the message sent from the brain to the diaphram to hiccup may to be cancelled. We are conducting further research to better understand the science behind Hiccupops, and will likely be conducting clinical research at some top hospitals in 2015.
How were they invented?
Hiccupops were conceived by Mallory Kievman, then a 13-year old 7th Grader in 2010. Plagued by a stubborn case of the hiccups that lasted for weeks, Mallory set out to find the perfect combination of ingredients that would help. She studied the biology behind hiccups – finding why they happen – and labored at the stove mixing a wide range of recipes until she found the right solution. She won the Connecticut Invention Convention with her invention.
Are these approved by the FDA?
All of the ingredients in Hiccupops are Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA, and they are regulated by the FDA as a food.
How quickly do they work?
Many people have reported that they found relief almost immediately after trying a Hiccupop.
I’ve had hiccups for a long time, will they work?
Hiccupops have been reported to help the hiccups for almost everyone who has tried them. For the uncommon situation when the standard strength Hiccupop does not help, we have a stronger version under development. Please send us your feedback and let us know how they work for you!
My hiccups may be caused by my chemotherapy treatment, will Hiccupops help address that?
We believe so! If you have hiccups due to chemotherapy, you're not alone. According to Dr. Yuichi Takiguchi of Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, over 30% of all chemotherapy patients suffer from chemo-induced hiccups. Chemo patients represent the largest group of customers emailing us about the great results they've encountered with Hiccupops. Your stories are amazing, and we are excited to help you though these trying times.
Aren’t there any drugs approved to treat the hiccups?
In the 1950's, chlorpromazine hydrochloride (Thorazine) was the first and only drug indicated for the hiccups. This drug is a strong anti-psychotic medication with many side effects. While there has not yet been an agreed upon treatments for hiccups, physicans agree on the need for non-pharmacologic intervention.
Do you have any other flavors?
We're working on that. Also coming are new sugar-free and stronger strength versions.

 


 

About Hiccups

Who gets the hiccups?
Hiccups are arguably the most under-reported, under-researched malady in healthcare today. While it would be tempting to dismiss hiccups are merely a child’s cute affliction, hiccups seem to be a by-product of many drugs common in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, ALS, Parkinson’s and other diseases, causing significant impact on a patient's quality of life. Hiccups and nausea are also often associated with any surgery which involves anesthesia.
What are hiccups?
Hiccups are caused when there is an irritation or other trigger that causes the phrenic nerve to tell the diaphragm (a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity) to contract, quickly pulling air into the windpipe. The epiglottis (a flap of cartilidge attached to the larynx) slams shut, and causes the “hic” sound.
Are there different types of hiccups?
Yes, hiccups are named by their duration. Most hiccups last just a few minutes and are called "sporadic" hiccups. Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours are called "persistent" hiccups. And hiccups that last longer than one month (yes, ONE MONTH!) are called "intractable" hiccups.
What causes the hiccups?
Eating too quickly, swallowing too much air, emotional stress, drinking alcohol, and using nicotine may all cause sporadic hiccups. Persistent hiccups are often related to certain medications used in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and ALS, and also may be a result of anesthesia when they occur after an operation or dental procedure. Intractable hiccups may be a sign of more serious health issues like central nervous system problems, chemical imbalances, and mental health issues. Please be sure to consult with a physician if you get the hiccups regularly or for protracted periods of time.
Why are hiccups bad for you?
Normal, sporadic hiccups are part of your body's biology and go with life as much as breathing and eating -- they are more of an annoyance than anything else. However, the longer you have the hiccups, the more it's an indication that something may be amiss and you should see a doctor. Persistent and intractable hiccups are debilitating and can cause loss of sleep and weight and exhaustion -- significantly impacting the quality of life. That's why we invented Hiccupops -- to help address these situations!
I’ve had the hiccups longer than anyone else!
Really? Charles Osborne (1894-1991) had the hiccups non-stop for approximately 68 years, from June 1922 to June 5th 1990. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the longest bout of hiccups ever recorded. Can you top that?

 


 

About Your Order

Do you ship internationally?
We will custom ship internationally under certain conditions. (We do not ship to countries with known fraud issues with credit cards, just so you know.) Send us a message to the Contact Us page indicating where you want it sent, how many, and your contact information.
When do packages ship?
Generally, packages ship within 24 hours of order. Initial orders in April were delayed waiting on the labels for the bags, but these are all in stock now. Occasionally, we might run out of inventory, in which case there may be a one week delay, as we have a hard time predicting order flows this early in the company history. If you have any concerns about the status of your order contact us via the Contact page--we are more than happy to check the status of your order.

 


 

About Mallory

What do your friends think of your business?
They think it's pretty cool. And the like the fact that they don't have to worry about getting the hiccups.
Does anyone know about these?
Mallory has been lauded as a teenage entrepreneur by most of the world’s most prestigious press, including major networks, newspapers, and online outlets, including CBS, Inc. Magazine, New York Times, Yahoo! News, and MSN, and CNBC. The Disney Channel highlighted Mallory in a 2014 Make Your Mark episode, and Nickelodeon featured Mallory on an episode in which she “got slimed” when celebrity game show participants guessed her invention. So we're pretty confident the word is out!

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