Any agent that causes vomiting. Salt solution or stimulation of the pharynx are emetics used from antiquity, while drugs such as ipecacuanha and apomorphine are also effective. They are used when a poison such as an overdose of tablets has been recently ingested; they should not be used when the poison taken causes damage to the esophagus or lungs.
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