Monday, 12 September 2011

Over the counter hangover pills


With brand names as hedonistic sounding as "Enjoy" and warnings of "For adult use only" you could be forgiven for being suprised that these sachets only contain regular white pills to be taken with a glass of water. "Why the name and the adult warning?", I hear you ask. Well the symptom "ressaca" which is written on the packet is portuguese for hangover and these are actually hangover pills to be consumed before and/or after excessive alcohol intake.

Personally I think they're a great invention and I'm surprised I haven't seen them elsewhere in other countries. You take one pill before going out and one after. This does entail some practical difficulties in that you need to be able to a) predict your excesses before they actually occur and b) not be in too precarious a state so as not to affect you remembering you need to take the second pill when you get back home!

Still, it's a great invention and it's available over the counter at any pharmacy. The leading brand is Engov although I prefer the more descriptive brand names such as enjoy (above) or Posdrink (below)


The name changes but the pills all have the same composition:


maleato de mepiramina (DCB 5652) ............................ 15,0 mg
hidróxido de alumínio (DCB 4694) .............................. 150,0 mg
ácido acetilsalicílico (DCB 0089) ................................. 150,0 mg
cafeína (DCB 1642) ..................................................... 50,0 mg

So correct meif I'm wrong all you chemists / medics but you are basically being given an analgesic, a anti-histamine and a shot of caffeine (in exchange for a hangover)

2 comments:

IsaacRiquelme said...

it sounds pretty much placebo effect but i would like to try´em and see what do they have for me, lol, Quitte surprissed they don´t contain B12 vitamin... i guess the idea is not to be less drunk, just to suffer less the day after

Pierre Larose said...

The Placebo gets a bad name but if it works it's the best form of medicine because it introduces no foreign elements to your body and solves your symptoms. Perfect.

I can tell you that I took one last week and it worked but how will we ever know if Mr Placebo was at work?

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