I vomited after taking the medicine: do I have to take it again?

Expert answer:

It depends.

  • If vomited within 30 minutes after taking the medicine, you should take the medicine again.
  • If vomiting occurs more than 30 minutes after taking the medicine, you do not need to take a new dose.

This applies to any type of medicine, from pill contraceptive to medicines for babies. In case of being a antipyretic, one can wait an hour to check if the temperature does not drop and take again if necessary.

Children or infants who persistently vomit after taking the medicine may have some intolerance to the medicine. If this occurs, the pediatrician should be contacted.

If you are not sure whether to take your medicine again, read the package leaflet and talk to your doctor to avoid overdose.