I (mostly) remember a time where you would wake up after a big night of drinking way-too-much alcohol and have two options:
- Hit snooze, pull the covers over your head and give up on your day.
- Suck it up, drink uncomfortable amounts of Lucozade & coffee, slowly cook a horrifically greasy fry up meal, and suffer through it.
BlowFish, like every other hangover cure product on the market, claim that they have come up with a third solution to try after waking up with a wicked hangover:
- Take Blowfish and feel better in no time
What is Blowfish? Sounds a little bit like an ‘adult’ toy!
Fortunately Unfortunately, Blowfish is not a sexy-time toy. Rather, Blowfish is a hangover cure tablet (which I’ve been reviewing quite a few of recently, including my review of PreToxx Hangover Remedy, incase you haven’t noticed) that combines aspirin, caffeine and an antacid to fight alcohol induced headaches, fatigue and upset stomach; typical after a night of drinking.
When dropped into a glass of water, it fizzes up a lemony brew that is supposed to pack the hangover-fighting power of two extra-strength aspirins, three espressos and an east London cafe style greasy breakfast.
The official description of Blowfish claims that it is a “lemon-flavored fizzy (effervescent) tablet that will stop the pounding in your hungover head faster than you can imagine. It’s the only hangover product with a formulation recognized as effective by the FDA, aka the US Food & Drug Administration (which is kind of a big deal).”
“..Doctors use it. Bartenders swear by it. And we guarantee it’s the best remedy out there – so you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose by trying it (except, you know, your hangover).”
Effervescent, sometimes called carbon tablets, are tablets which are designed to break in contact with water or another liquid, releasing carbon dioxide in the process. Remember those berrocca pills that your strange aunty would make you drink in the morning when you visited her? Yeah… effervescent tablets.
How Does Blowfish work
Taken directly from their website: “Blowfish contains a powerful combination of aspirin and caffeine that knocks out your pain and wakes your mind back up. And because it’s effervescent, it’s gentle on your stomach (unlike coffee or morning-after cheeseburgers). The medicine is already dissolved, so it starts to work quickly – people say they feel better in about 15 minutes.”
Essentially, Blowfish contains just two, old-school ingredients: Aspirin and caffeine and delivers it through fizzy water!
Blowfish Ingredients: What’s In It?
The active ingredients inside Blowfish are:
The inactive ingredients are listed as:
- Acesulfame potassium
- Anhydrous citric acid
- Docusate sodium
- Sodium benzoate
- Sodium bicarbonate
Usage Directions are listed on the packaging as:
Upon waking, fully dissolve 2 tablets in 16 oz of water and drink.
Adults and children 12 years and over (up to 60 years of age): take 2 tablets every 6 hours, as needed, or as directed by a doctor. Do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Adults 60 years and over: take 2 tablets every 6 hours, as needed or as directed by a doctor. Do not exceed 4 tablets in 24 hours.
Children under 12 years: do not use.
Store at room temperature (59-86°F).
Protect from excessive heat.
Notes on the ingredients:
What you might notice from scanning the ingredients list above is that Blowfish is mostly aspirin and caffeine, the inactive ingredients listed are what make the blowfish tablet start fizzing when you drop them in a glass of water and give the whole thing a bit of flavour.
You might be asking yourself “why wouldn’t I just take an aspirin pill followed by a regular cup of coffee, its cheaper and readily available in my kitchen,” and it seems that the creators of Blowfish get asked this question quite a bit, and have provided a comprehensive answer:
“Effervescent tablets work twice as fast as regular pills, and create an alkaline buffer that protects your stomach. This matters because alcohol triggers your stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid. So does coffee. Pharmaceutical caffeine (the stuff in Blowfish) is much easier on the stomach than coffee – even decaf. And you should never take acetaminophen, like in Tylenol or Excedrin, for a hangover, since it has been linked to severe cases of liver toxicity when taken soon after alcohol consumption.“
FDA-Approved? Whats That About?
If you’re not an American, like me, or you don’t regularly consume supplement pills, you probably have no idea what this ‘FDA approved‘ malarky is all about.
The creators of Blowfish, Brenna Haysom, claims that Blowfish is “the only over-the-counter drug that’s specifically hangover related.”
“The [Food and Drug Administration] has specifically said our formula is effective for treating hangover symptoms.”
On the Blowfish website you’ll find the following explanation:
“Blowfish is a registered over-the-counter drug, which means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the effectiveness and safety of the formulation for treating hangovers. You can see our registration on the FDA’s website here, and our find Drug Facts here.”
Looking into this a little further, the FDA did have not specifically approved the drug, or given the product its blessing, so to speak. Because the product combines ingredients that are already approved for sale over-the-counter, the FDA approval rating is implied. The FDA does regulate the manufacturing process and the drug’s packaging, however.
Long story short: Blowfish is FDA-approved in the same way that canned tuna fish sold in a 7-11 is FDA approved, they both have to meet manufacturing regulations and packaging regulations as a minimum, or the product gets pulled off of the shelves.
Looking at the ingredients list for this product before testing it out, the question that struck me was not “how does this stack up against other hangover cure products,” it was “how does/can this product stack up against the age-old hangover remedy: Aspirin and a cup of coffee?”
Is Blowfish just a glorified aspirin and caffeine energy tablet? Read the rest of this Blowfish Review to find out…
The Key Question: Does Blowfish Work?
I like to think that hangovers exsist to keep you honest. They punish you for your hubris and force the necessary introspection that comes after a night of alcohol induced self-abuse.
The fact that there is medicine to keep you studying, having sex waaaay into your old age and growing hair where it doesn’t want to grow, why would there not be a potion for hangovers? I tested Blowfish following a drinking session, in the name of science, in order to find out wether its the real deal.
What I Had To Drink
Unlike in my previous reviews where I spread my drinking out over a longer period of time, drinking conditions for this product test just didn’t allow for that. It was my friends birthday and he wanted to ‘pre-game’ (get nicely drunk before heading out; because it’s fun but mostly because he’s tight on cash and didn’t want to be spending £10 for a single mixer in Yorkshire’s finest night clubs).
So I had 2 shots of gin during a drinking game, three back to back rum-and-cokes, two glasses of champagne, and later on 3 or so beers that I sipped in-between presenting my worst dance moves to the world.
A pretty decent amount to drink, I’d say. I headed home, ate a banana, brushed my teeth and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up with a pretty devastating hangover, complete with headache and “I no longer want to live” thoughts.
I had prepared for this, with my Blowfish tablets and empty glass sitting tidily on my bedside table.
I dropped two tablets of Blowfish into a glass of water and let it fizz away until the tablet had completely dissolved. Then I downed the whole thing, pretending I was Rocky Ballboa necking a glass full of 4 raw eggs (except with more squeamishness and self-pity) – it actually tasted ok.
After about 30 minutes, the hangover symptoms started to wear off, but I was still feeling pretty rough, at about 65% human operation capacity.
Like taking a regular aspirin tablet to fight a headache, the alcohol induced grogginess, sick feeling and headaches slowly started to ware off. It took about 2 more hours for me to get to ‘operational capacity’, where I could have got some work done (if I had any to do that day).
BlowFish Vs Regular Aspirin & A Cup Of Coffee
Slightly disappointed with the ineffectiveness of Blowfish, I decided to take another look at the ingredients list. A two-tablet dose, which is what the makers recommend to counteract a typical hangover, contains 1,000 milligrams of aspirin and 120 milligrams of caffeine as it’s active ingredients.
A typical 2 pill dose of aspirin will contain around 800-1000mg of Aspirin total, and a single espresso contains more then 120 milligrams of caffeine (depending on the bean/roast).
You might pay a tiny bit more for an effervescent aspirin tablet, but in my mind Blowfish has no real benefit over the traditional aspirin and coffee mix, certainly not cost.
What Other’s Have Said About Blowfish
There is a small chance that other people might have had a completely different experience with this product, so I decided to browse the internet to read other reviews:
Upon waking… I got out of bed and rummaged through my purse, where my own Blowfish, which contains aspirin and caffeine to hit all of your hangover’s dreaded symptoms, waited for me. I poured a cold glass of water, opened the Blowfish packet, and dropped the two tablets in the glass, where they began to fizz immediately. The Blowfish packaging reads “Own the night. Save the day.” Is there truth in advertising?
My mind wandered. The tablets fizzed to their death. I picked up the glass, preparing myself for that horrible water mouth-taste that follows a night of drinking — Were those Maker’s Mark shots I paid for? Is my credit card still in my wallet? Yes. Win. — and, yet, when I sipped, found myself wanting to drink more. It was slightly lemony, fizzy, and positively refreshing. The bleary-headedness and intense urge for a piece of pizza began to subside. The day seemed positively cheery. Thus fortified, I blogged about pot. I give Blowfish an A. While my hangover was not as dire as it could have been, it would not be exaggerating to call the night owned and the day saved. At least, so far.
– Jen ~ http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/12/blowfish_review_hangover_cure.php
The first time I used this, I took it before bed, woke up the next day and surprisingly I was NOT glued to the sofa all day. The second time, I took it in the am, after a night of drinking and still felt like crap. So, so far, I will try to remember to take it at night along with some greasy food!
– Sandy Harvey “sandra” (fl), October 23, 2013
Yeah… it works
This is the second time I ordered it because my roommate used my whole first box before I had a chance to get retard status wheelchair wasted and had a need for Blowfish the next day. I can honestly say that after drinking 6-8 $1 beers at Greenrock between 6-8pm followed by a copious amount of 100% agave tequila shots at Cadillac Cantina – that I would not have made it to work the next day without Blowfish. Not to mention I had to host a web conference call that morning. Blowfish kept me alert and active until I could sneak into a spare office and catch a quick nap under a desk on my lunch break. I also successfully super smashed a Tinder date later that night. Tip of the cap to this product!
– Chris, February 18, 2014
Overall, some pretty positive reviews! Which is strange, because it goes against my final verdict…
It pains me to say this, because I want to like this product, but I don’t think that Blowfish for hangovers does anything for you that a couple of aspirin tablets and a cup of coffee wont.
If you drink pretty regularly, you’ve likely tried most over-the-counter medications to get rid of your hangover symptoms. If you’re buying Blowfish expect it to be miraculously better then any of those over-the-counter medications are, you’re in for a bit of a disappointment!
For the sole purpose that Blowfish for hangovers is no more effective then an aspirin tablet and a cheap cup of filter coffee, I give Blowfish a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.
Blowfish will help relieve those hangover symptoms, but its essentially a glorified aspirin & sugar pill!
Best Price: $11.99 + $3.00 Shipping
Blowfish is available on Amazon for the best prices I’ve seen. It seems that the creators (Rally Labs) are shipping though, so it’s not eligible for Amazon Prime & there is a $3 shipping charge.
You can also find Blowfish in many CVS pharmacy’s across the United States.
Blowfish is a hangover cure tablet that combines aspirin, caffeine and an antacid to fight alcohol induced headaches, fatigue and upset stomach; typical after a night of drinking.
Written by: James Petra
Date Published: 03/13/2014
If you drink pretty regularly, you've likely tried most over-the-counter medications to get rid of your hangover symptoms. If you're buying Blowfish expect it to be miraculously better then any of those over-the-counter medications are, you're in for a bit of a disappointment!
3 / 5 stars