Ipecac was a purple-tinted drug in liquid form which, when ingested, caused severe gastric distress in Humans. Ipecac was easy to conceal, and appeared to dissolve very quickly in room temperature liquids.

Ipecac was used by Doctor Julian Bashir to poison a drink in a holosuite program in Quark's on Deep Space 9, part of an elaborate ruse staged by station personnel to defeat a jack-in-the-box subroutine planted in the "Vic's lounge" holoprogram by its creator, Felix. (DS9: "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang")

While no longer produced, ipecac (often called "syrup of ipecac") was a real medicine available during the period. It was used as a purgative, to induce vomiting.

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