Hangover Patches: Do They Work?

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Can a patch prevent this from happening?

New Year's Eve might as well be nicknamed Hangover Eve, because for millions of Americans, it's time to get as wasted as possible. There's been a lot of buzz recently about Blowfish, the new over-the-counter drug made from caffeine and aspirin that's designed to alleviate hangover symptoms. Sounds pretty cool, no? But then we came across Bytox, a hangover remedy patch that you apply before you start drinking. "As of now, most people pay attention to the condition of a hangover once they have it. Smart people prevent it," explained Leonard Grossman, a New York-based plastic surgeon who is also a spokesman for the company.

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The Bytox patch
Bytox is a small patch that you apply directly to your skin. It contains primarily B vitamins, including a whopping 10,000 percent of your daily thiamin (B1) needs. Grossman explained that a hangover is simply dehydration, and you're washing out your water-soluble vitamins. Bytox, which was released about six weeks ago after several months of testing, supposedly works by releasing them back into your system at a time-released rate so that you wouldn't simply excrete whatever your body couldn't use. "It's like an intravenous," he said. "You're getting the infusion that you need."

It should be noted that Grossman is the spokesman not because of the great link between hangovers and boob jobs, but because he is friends with one of the company's founders. I also asked some doctor friends of mine who admitted that B vitamins might help, but you might as well just take a series of vitamins with water while you're boozing it up. "Water is what cures hangovers. Period."

I asked Grossman the difference between Bytox and Blowfish. "They are a million miles away. I looked at Blowfish very carefully," he said. "It'll be shut down. There's no way they're FDA-approved. Blowfish is just caffeine and aspirin. Have you had a hangover and cured it with aspirin and caffeine? That's a bunch of BS. They might be using FDA-approved products, but the combo itself might not be FDA-approved."


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