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Drink Up! FDA OKs Hangover Pill

Blowfish contains a mix of aspirin, caffeine, and a stomach-calming agent
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2011 8:15 AM CST

(Newser) – Who needs Santa when you have the FDA? The government agency handed boozy partygoers everywhere a big holiday gift: It recently OK'd a hangover pill called Blowfish. The over-the-counter tablets, designed to be taken upon waking, Alka Seltzer-style, contain some not-too-foreign ingredients: 1,000 milligrams of aspirin, 120 milligrams of caffeine, and a stomach-calming element. It's supposed to provide relief in as little as 15 minutes, reports the New York Daily News.

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That's because, as its creator explains, "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." The bad news is it won't likely be on shelves until after New Year's Eve, at which point it will retail for $2.99 a dose (frequent tipplers can save with the $11.99 six-pack). Writing for the Washington Post, Katie Rogers provides a word of caution: Blowfish might help erase that headache, but it "won’t save you from that annual embarrassing karaoke choice or that regrettable, booze-fueled Airing of Grievances ritual that comes out of cornering your office superiors." (Read more hangover stories.)

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