Please help me feel nauseous / sick to my stomach
October 6, 2011 12:35 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of anything or a combiantion of things that can be consumed that is reliable at making a person feel nauseous for at least an hour or more. I am looking for something that is not harmful to one's health.
posted by tr45vbyt to Food & Drink (47 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Drink a gallon of whole milk.
posted by phunniemee at 12:42 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


ipecac.

Also large amounts of alcohol.

Or if you're motion sick, spinning around in circles.
posted by empath at 12:44 PM on October 6, 2011


The power of suggestion will help a lot, here. So make sure you play up how much whatever they're drinking will make them feel ill.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:45 PM on October 6, 2011


Can I ask why? This isn't for some sort of hazing ritual, is it?
posted by BobbyVan at 12:48 PM on October 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Try a half cup of vegetable oil. While not "harmful", the results might not be pleasant in a couple of hours when it makes it's way through your system.
posted by jefftang at 12:49 PM on October 6, 2011


Yeah, do tell why.

Alternately chug boilermakers, do wind sprints and eat chili dogs until desired effect is reached. Not pretty, but you will definitely feel bad.
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:54 PM on October 6, 2011


McDonalds normally does the trick for me. I feel like I ate a rock for a few hours afterwards...
posted by Strass at 1:00 PM on October 6, 2011


Having a head cold with post nasal drip does it for me. That lasts days though. And I guess it could be construed as harmful to one's health.
posted by kellyblah at 1:02 PM on October 6, 2011


Eating a large amount of candy does it for me, like a whole bag of candy corn or a movie size box of Bottlecaps. (I have no self-control.)
posted by CheeseLouise at 1:04 PM on October 6, 2011


Eat half a cigarette.
posted by Specklet at 1:07 PM on October 6, 2011


Spinning/swinging, at least for adults. Now that I have kids, playgrounds are a recipe for dad turning green.
posted by unixrat at 1:07 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also - chewing tobacco, if they're not a user.
posted by unixrat at 1:12 PM on October 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Based on personal experience, 17 slices of deli cheese will work nicely.
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:13 PM on October 6, 2011


Response by poster: Can I ask why?
It's a little involved to explain but basically just an experiment - abosultely nothing nefarious. Also trying to keep the stomach pretty close to empty so all the answers suggesting large amounts of candy/food wouldn't work well.
posted by tr45vbyt at 1:18 PM on October 6, 2011


Take a multivitamin on an empty stomach.
posted by backwords at 1:21 PM on October 6, 2011 [10 favorites]


Yes, vitamins on an empty stomach. Especially if you then go exercise for 5 minutes immediately afterwards (though that may cause stomach pains as well, depending on your tolerance).
posted by DoubleLune at 1:22 PM on October 6, 2011


For me, Darjeeling tea on an truly empty stomach makes me feel AWFULLY AWFULLY NAUSEOUS AND ILL. Probably works with any black tea; I think it's the tannins. Don't eat anything before hand, observe the intense awful I'm-gonna-vomit-but-not-really feeling; eat something and be magically cured!

I might add that I have never thrown up from this. I just want to really badly.
posted by WidgetAlley at 1:23 PM on October 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


If you go the vitamin route, get one with iron. Nausea is a common side effect with iron supplements; they make me barf if I don't immediately eat something. You will only need one - please don't overdose on iron!
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:28 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Seconding Tea. Really really strong black tea on an empty stomach. Sometimes takes a couple of cups, but it'll do it. Throw half a dozen cigarettes in and folk'll turn positively green.

Thinking about that. For non smokers, just nicotine.

One that I used to see work for teenage surfers a lot was breakfast of cereal and orange juice, then an early session on shitty choppy wind slop. It'd be the lying down getting tossed around that'd trigger it, but there's something about the cereal and oj that loosens up the throat or something and actually makes em puke. These days they seem to have wised up and I don't see it happen much.
posted by Ahab at 1:29 PM on October 6, 2011


Ipecac is an emetic; it induces vomiting. Try a small dose.
posted by theora55 at 1:29 PM on October 6, 2011


Getting drunk the night before is kind of time honored.
posted by Ahab at 1:30 PM on October 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Too bad you don't want to fill your stomach up - the disgusting orange glop one drinks to test for gestational diabetes is hands down the best nausea inducer I've found. Makes getting the test results hard, though.

Barring that, I totally agree with the multivitamin on an empty stomach. I skip mine if I haven't just eaten.
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons at 1:31 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


It won't last an hour, but breathing/snorting a tablespoon of water into your lungs will make you feel awful for 15-20 minutes.
posted by Oktober at 1:41 PM on October 6, 2011


For me, doing as many situps as I can and then trying to eat breakfast - or doing them after eating
posted by missmagenta at 1:43 PM on October 6, 2011


Does anyone know of anything ... that is reliable at making a person feel nauseous for at least an hour or more.

A multivitamin on an empty stomach certainly brings on nausea - just thinking about it is making me feel queasy - but it wears off much sooner than an hour, thank goodness. I'm sure reactions vary, but if you're aiming to try this on a real person (rather than using it as a plot point in a novel, say), it's not guaranteed to do what you want.

I'd love to follow that up with an alternative suggestion, but (un)fortunately, nothing I've eaten or drunk that wasn't actually harbouring food poisoning organisms has ever made me feel sick for more than ten minutes or so.

(I'm glad to learn that it's not just me being weird when I think black tea has made me feel sick, though. I'll try eating something next time it happens and see if it helps.)
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 1:44 PM on October 6, 2011


If you're open to a non-food-related possibility: microfilm! Specifically, watching the monitor as you scroll through page after page after page of microfilm — not too fast, you want it to be slow enough that you can recognize words — trying to find the text you're looking for.

Seriously, I gave myself motion sickness once in college by doing this. Oog.
posted by Lexica at 1:57 PM on October 6, 2011


Calcium on an empty stomach has had me projectile vomiting but won't give you an hr. Half a cup or more of olive oil on the other hand should make you nauseous for a while without filling you up.
posted by koahiatamadl at 2:14 PM on October 6, 2011


Take a zinc supplement on an empty stomach.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:22 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or brewers' yeast.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:23 PM on October 6, 2011


Seconding the black tea on an empty stomach .... I just discovered that effect, and UGH. Not sure how long it lasts, as I curled up in a miserable ball and fell asleep.

Probably won't help you since it requires a prescription in the US, but Doxycycline on an empty stomach reliably made me nauseous, and I vomited a few times. (yay for cheap malaria prophylaxis)
posted by Metasyntactic at 2:24 PM on October 6, 2011


Nthing multivitamins on an empty stomach. Last time I had one I had to lie down for a while.
posted by clearlydemon at 2:25 PM on October 6, 2011


Medical standard saline solution, 0.9% NaCl. Directly into your veins and it's nice and friendly. Into your stomach and it gets rejected in a fairly quick time.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 2:32 PM on October 6, 2011


I'm glad to learn that it's not just me being weird when I think black tea has made me feel sick,

I was also seriously disappointment to learn that "Earl Gray, hot" makes me nauseous as well.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 2:32 PM on October 6, 2011


DO NOT INGEST VISINE. The active ingredient is tetrahydrozoline, which according to Wikipedia can cause side effects from severe nausea and vomiting to seizures or a coma.

Please don't give advice like this unless you know what you're talking about.
posted by Specklet at 2:41 PM on October 6, 2011 [8 favorites]


Just wanted to underline Specklet's point. DO NOT INGEST VISINE! (Unless you're excited about visiting the ICU, maybe as a coma patient.)

See:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/visine.asp
http://ipcblog.org/tag/visine-prank/
posted by Wretch729 at 3:05 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Salty warm water. Like, a big glass of water with a tablespoon of salt in it. But only if it's a one-off. You don't want to be drinking salty water on too regular a basis, I think.
posted by lollusc at 3:05 PM on October 6, 2011


Greasy breakfast on an empty stomach always does it for me. A couple of fried eggs and bacon, a breakfast sandwich from McDonald's, something like that. You shouldn't have to eat too much (unless this is your normal breakfast, and then I've got nothin').
posted by jabes at 3:41 PM on October 6, 2011


Strong green tea on an empty stomach does that for me every time.
posted by ttyn at 3:48 PM on October 6, 2011


I came in to suggest green tea also. I can't even drink it anymore, and just thinking about it makes me queasy. Blurgh.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:56 PM on October 6, 2011


Yes, multivitamins on an empty stomach for me too. However, it's even more reliable if I have them with warm water. This happened to me this morning, as a matter of fact. Ugh.
posted by smalls at 4:57 PM on October 6, 2011


Shotglass of apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach. Might tip from nausea to vomiting, but you'll feel ill for a while after.
posted by noxetlux at 5:02 PM on October 6, 2011


Yeah, vitamins. Just the smell of them brings me back to days when I've absentmindedly taken them and then wandered around for too long before eating anything. Bleh.
posted by fromageball at 7:09 PM on October 6, 2011


Give yourself a hangover.
posted by Pericardium at 8:09 PM on October 6, 2011


A glass of milk followed by a glass of grapefruit juice once did me in. I don't think it has to be much to do the trick.
posted by lab.beetle at 8:54 PM on October 6, 2011


Many years ago, early on in my misspent youth, my boyfriend at the time had a few books very much like these - a whole series of books about "How to Get Revenge on..." They were lying around, I'd read them when I was bored. Interestingly, I left him a few years later because he was an abusive jerk, but in the meantime...

Among the instructions for how to work people and businesses over in various ways ("Stuff frozen cocktail shrimp in the hollow part of a curtain rod when you leave the apartment and the landlord won't figure out what or where the stench is is for weeks!" or "Unscrew the seat of your boss' chair, and put some raw pork down the center leg. They'll never think to look there for the source of the smell!" "Go to the library or drugstore and go through the magazines collecting subscription forms. Subscribe them to every magazine you can get a form for with 'bill me later' using every variation on the name you can think of and it will take months for them to realize the extent and untangle the mess") and recipes for poo candy and other mean things to do, there were a few about how to make people sick without potentially killing them.

One of the suggestions, beyond ipecac, was just a little dish soap. Not dishwasher detergent - that'll kill ya. But if, say, you accidentally don't rinse the Palmolive out of the coffee cup well enough, it can give you nausea and maybe some diarrhea.

It's hard to get the right amount so that it's not immediately evident, and it depends on your system and sense of taste as to how much you can drink without noticing, but even the first mouthful can do a number. If you use a light touch, and can get the whole cup down, that's better - like, say if you dribbled some on your finger and wiped it around the sides of the cup below the rim - because if you put it in the bottom the coffee gets all bubbly and if you do it near the rim, you can taste it too soon. In the years since leaving that relationship, where apparently I was quite a "dumb bitch" I've gotten much better at rinsing out my partner's coffee mugs. I used to be just terrible about it.
posted by peagood at 7:50 AM on October 7, 2011


Oh my god, nthing a vitamin on an empty stomach.
posted by too bad you're not me at 4:55 PM on October 7, 2011


One of the suggestions, beyond ipecac, was just a little dish soap. Not dishwasher detergent - that'll kill ya. But if, say, you accidentally don't rinse the Palmolive out of the coffee cup well enough, it can give you nausea and maybe some diarrhea.

Cautioning strongly against this. Soaping people's dishes is how ridgerunners and trip leaders prevent impaction for the shy-boweled while backpacking. It will make you poop, and it will make you poop HARD. So unless that's what you're going for be careful.
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:51 AM on October 12, 2011


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