Have you heard of “Blowfish”? It is not a fish. Nor is it something that you buy on the streets from a shady-looking guy whispering your fake name. It is a tablet that will be available over the counter in New York City drugstores come January. (Apparently it’s already in Ricky’s — we’re investigating and will report back.) Blowfish combines aspirin, caffeine, and an antacid to fight the symptoms of having imbibed a bit or way too much. According to the hangover gurus at ABC News, “When dropped into a glass of water, it fizzes up a lemony brew that packs the hangover-fighting power of two extra-strength aspirins, three espressos and a greasy breakfast.”
Amazing. According to its creator, Brenna Haysom, it’s the only drug you can get over the counter that’s specific to hangovers, and it is supposed to get rid of your symptoms in as few as 15 minutes. It has not, however, been specifically FDA approved — the drugs it incorporates have been individually approved, so it doesn’t have to be.
Blowfish is not recommended for people with bleeding conditions (because of aspirin) or for pregnant women (because). As for whether it truly works or not, the jury is still out. But, honestly, anything that makes you drink something non-alcoholic when you’re hungover tends to help, a little bit (at least from what we know).
Should you buy stock in Blowfish? We’re trying it out, thanks to intrepid intern Jocelyn, who purchased 3 packs (there are 2 pills in each and you’re supposed to take both) for $9 — and we’ll let you know. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to the commercials.
Related: Runnin’ Scared Reviews Blowfish!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 7, 2011