Correction: The new pill is not FDA-approved, as numerous media outlets recently reported. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.
It’s a familiar feeling: Waking up with a pounding headache, dry mouth, and vague memory of what happened the night before. But instead of easing the pain with a morning mimosa (that hair of the dog will indeed bite you), a new hangover pill could do the trick.
The new drug, Blowfish, is not FDA-approved, but company founder and president Brenna Haysom says the FDA has recognized that the pill’s formulation is safe and effective for treating hangover symptoms. “All our labeling [and manufacturing processes] has to conform to their regulations,” Haysom said.
Blowfish is the Long Island Iced Tea of medicine, combining aspirin, caffeine, and a stomach-soothing antacid. The magic lies in its 3-in-1 feature— studies suggest combining these remedies will boost their effectiveness Ibuprofen plus caffeine in the treatment of tension-type headache. Diamond S, Balm TK, Freitag FG. Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago IL. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2000 Sep;68(3):312-9. .
While the pill may help hangover symptoms, it won’t undo their biological cause. The body breaks down booze into acetaldehyde, a toxic chemical that’s to blame for the morning blues (think headaches and vomiting). As we age, the body has a harder time breaking down alcohol. (Those invincible college days are looong gone).
And no hangover remedy gives us a free pass to binge drink the night away. In general, opt for clear alcohol (vodka and gin, for example) and more expensive liquors that contain less filler congeners— the cause for headaches. Dehydration is another big reason for that morning menace, so if celebrating the season with a little booze, bring a water bottle to the bar or stick to a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage consumed. Definitely don’t drink calories for dinner— filling up on a healthful meal before drinking prevents the body from absorbing all that alcohol.
Drinking in moderation is best (one glass for ladies, two for gents), but we do know it’s the holidays. Just stick to what we all know best: drink responsibly.