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article imageHangover pill approved by FDA just in time for the holidays

By Joan Firstenberg     Dec 4, 2011 in Health
New York - No longer do we have to suffer needlessly after a night of heavy drinking, a company claims. Rally Labs says we can just pop a pill, which the government has approved, and immediately feel well enough to engage in more partying.
Everyone has their own cure for those nasty hangovers. It could be an aspirin alone, an aspirin in coconut water, a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, or maybe M&M's and coffee. More booze is always a favorite, mixed in with vomiting and copious amounts of writhing and self-loathing. But who can say that these "cures" ever really worked? But now there's a new pill, or we should say, two pills dumped into water that create a fizzy drink that's supposed to really cure the whole shebang.
This newest, and highly touted hangover cure is called Blowfish and is expected to be in drug stores shortly. The US Food and Drug Administration has given it the okay to be sold over-the-counter. The New York Daily News says its creator, Brenna Haysom explains that the tablets consist of 1,000 milligrams of aspirin, 120 milligrams of caffeine and a stomach-soothing agent split up into two effervescent tablets to be taken the morning after a night of heavy drinking.
Haysom, who works for West Village-based Rally Labs LLC, says this should give a new spin to a hangover.
“So many people see hangovers as a shameful or embarrassing thing. I think of them as just a fact of life."
Once you dissolve the two pills in water, the remedy promises to knock out multiple hangover symptoms in just 15 to 30 minutes. quotes Haysom as saying it's fast-acting, but shouldn't give people permission to binge.
“The magic of the effervescent tablet is that it hits your system much faster than getting a cup of coffee, taking an antacid and taking some aspirin separately. I definitely don’t encourage people to get obliterated. This is a really effective product for people who have a couple too many: A happy hour that goes a little long, or holiday parties are a perfect example ... and they wake up feeling terrible. This gets you functioning again quickly.”
Haysom came up with the idea while getting her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard, but then shelved it to spend seven years at a private equity firm in Manhattan. It was during that period when the the need for a quick hangover cure surfaced in her own life. She attended what she calls a particularly boozy business dinner the night before she had to make a major business presentation.
“This product comes from personal experience. The headache, being so tired, and then the upset stomach ... it definitely was a moment where I was like, there has got to be a better way.”
Blowfish costs $2.99 for a single dose, or $11.99 for a six-pack. It is available online at, which offers free shipping.
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