A Toast to the First Ever FDA Approved Hangover Pill

By: Michele Wolfson

This pill really could have come in handy on my spring break in Nassau, Bahamas and my entire semester abroad... and even last Saturday morning. How awesome would it be if alcohol-induced hangovers were a thing of the past? I wouldn't call myself a lush (especially because my parents read all of my articles), but I will say that this pill may be the answer to some people's prayers after an evening of indulging on one too many alcoholic beverages.

This over-the-counter remedy called Blowfish is said by scientists to actually work and it is on the market just in time for the holiday season! Instead of bringing a bottle of champagne or even a fancy appetizer to a New Years Eve party, why not bring your host a bottle of hangover curing pills? This medication is specifically made for hangover pain and fatigue and is approved by the FDA.

The pill was designed by Brenna Haysom, a Manhattan-based Harvard Business School grad, after she did months of research to find the right combination of ingredients. According to Digital Journal, Rally Labs LLC developed the Alka-Seltzer-like pill, which is made to dissolve in water before ingesting. The remedy promises to knock out multiple hangover symptoms in just 15 to 30 minutes.

Blowfish's Web site says that each dose contains 1000 mg of aspirin (a maximum strength dose) and 120 mg of caffeine (about as much as a cup of coffee), and it's designed to be taken the morning after drinking. The site claims that Blowfish is better than other hangover remedies because it contains ingredients recognized by the FDA as effective.

Those suffering the repercussions of drinking too much the night before are instructed to take two of the effervescent tablets which claims to help 'restore mental alertness or wakefulness when experiencing fatigue or drowsiness associated with a hangover.' Haysom says, "Most of the big drugs companies don't necessarily want to be associated with hangovers. It's really made from old-fashioned ingredients, after my own personal experimentation I realized that this combination really worked. So many people see hangovers as a shameful or embarrassing thing. I think of them as just a fact of life."

Despite the product slogan, 'Own the night. Save the day,' Haysom denies that the treatment promotes binge drinking and she doesn't encourage overuse, adding, "I definitely don't encourage people to get obliterated."

If Santa didn't put Blowfish pills in your stocking this year, perhaps you should look into purchasing yourself some before New Years Eve!  Bring in the New Year hangover free and be sure to also drink plenty or water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the evening!

Also click here to read our list of 10 Useful Tips to Prevent a Holiday Hangover 

Photo: Spencer E Holtaway 

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