Magic medicine? FDA registers new pill that claims to cure hangovers


by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 7:04 PM

HOUSTON—The FDA has registered a new pill called Blowfish that the inventor claims almost instantly cures hangovers and all of their nasty symptoms.

Inventor Brenna Hayson said the FDA registration sets her product apart from the herbal remedies that are currently sold.

The Blowfish pill was not on shelves at CVS or Walgreens stores, but it was available for sale on Tuesday.

The pill actually consists of two tablets that dissolve in a glass of water, much like Alka Seltzer.  They reportedly eliminate hangover symptoms in 15 to 30 minutes.

The pills are said to contain 120 milligrams of caffeine—more than the average cup of coffee—a stomach-soothing agent and 1000 milligrams of aspirin.

"Aspirin tends to get absorbed better when taken with caffeine," said Dr. Ron Gentry of Methodist’s Internal Medicine Group. "So those two things together tend to give a kind of rush of the aspirin. It’s very similar to some of the migraine headache cures."  

Dr. Gentry said if Blowfish works, it would be because of the aspirin-caffeine mixture.

He said the best cure for a hangover, however, is not to get one.

"I think the best cure probably is moderation, so you never get to that problem in the first place," he said.

Blowfish costs about $3 for a single dose. It is taken the morning after a night of over indulgence.