There are quite a few hangover patches on the market today which claim to compete with established hangover pills and drinks on the market today.
One of the veterans in the game is Bytox patch which has been around for a few years now. So we thought we’d put it to the test and give it a hangovercure.org review.
Hangover cure patches work much like nicotine patches but instead of infusing nicotine into your system, they administer vitamins with the aim of bolstering your liver’s ability to process alcohol, and hence reduce hangover symptoms.
In this article, we’re going to review Bytox patch to see whether it works. We are going to pay particular attention to the ingredient list and dosages, as well as customer reviews.
Bytox Hangover Patch Background
Bytox has managed to secure some impressive media coverage and has been featured on ABC Nightline and the Huffingtonpost. The founder is a medical doctor who first got the idea after giving a family member an IV drip to help with his hangovers.
They claim the science behind Bytox is based on replacing some of the nutrients which are lost after drinking alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic so it flushes out some essential nutrients which contribute to the classical hangover symptoms.(1)
So essentially, water-soluble nutrients get lost easily. These include B vitamins among others which is what Bytox has based their product around.
How do you use Bytox patch?
The information on their website is limited and there’s not much information about how it works.
Good thing is, we know a thing or two about hangover cures, so we’ll cover the main points.
Their website recommends wearing the patch while you’re drinking so it gives a constant infusion of B-vitamins. It also advises to keep the patch on for 8 hours after you’ve stopped drinking.
B vitamins are important because they allow your liver to regenerate the enzymes required to break down alcohol.
Next up, we’ll look at exactly what’s in Bytox to see whether is actually works.
Bytox Hangover Patch Ingredients
Let’s start off with looking at the ingredient list on Bytox’ packaging:
It’s good to see that Bytox avoids the use of proprietary blends. Manufacturers often hide their ingredient list behind a proprietary blend in order to use less of the active ingredients and increase profits.
Focusing on the main ingredients:
- B – Vitamins – Bytox has included all the important B vitamins which we always like to see. This is because B vitamins are essential for producing the liver enzymes required to break down alcohol. When you drink, your livers enzymes become overrun very quickly and B vitamins are key to help regenerate this.
- Green Tea Extract – This is a good ingredient to see in any hangover supplement because green tea is high in antioxidants which helps clear up the toxic by-products of alcohol breakdown. Also, it’s high in the amino acid L-Theanine which is known for its calming effect on the brain.However we notice that Bytox uses a tiny dose of Green tea extract – a measly 10mg. We aren’t too sure why such a small dose was used by Bytox as its highly unlikely to have an effect on your body at this small dose.
- Acai Berry Extract – A solid ingredient with good antioxidant action, you’ll find it in any health store and for good reason. We see that Bytox has again used a very small dose of 20mg for this ingredient.
We’re not too keen with Bytox’ ingredients. Apart from B-vitamins and homeopathic doses of green tea extract and acai berry, there isn’t much else to it.
Most good hangover supplements contain much, much more than this to target the symptoms of a hangover from all angles.
To be honest, Bytox seems to be no more than a B -vitamin patch.
Some key ingredients missing include:
- N- Acetyl Cysteine
- Milk Thistle
the list goes on…..
Black pepper extract is also another good ingredient that is missing. It works by increasing the absorption of B-vitamins so smaller doses have bigger effect on your body.
At the time of writing, Bytox scored 3.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Some customers felt like Bytox patch worked for them and their hangover symptoms improved.
For others, it didn’t work and they complained about the patch smelling unusual. Some customers experienced a rash at the site where the patch was placed. This is, of course, a risk with anything applied to the skin as some have more sensitive skin than others.
What about Bytox Side effects?
From an ingredient standpoint, there shouldn’t be any side effects from using a Bytox patch because B vitamins are water-soluble.
What does this mean?
Well, even if higher than needed doses are taken, your body will use what it needs and flush out the rest via your kidneys.
The main side effect with Bytox is from a potential reaction of the adhesive sticker on your skin. If you have sensitive skin and particularly if you’ve had a reaction to plasters or adhesive bandages in the past, then it’s probably best to avoid Bytox.
As always, it is important to do your own research around supplements and have a chat with your doctor to make sure it’s safe to take.
Is Bytox the best hangover prevention supplement?
Overall, we don’t rate hangover patches. The reason is, they are only able to fit a few ingredients in and there are loads of hangover preventing ingredients that will be missed out.
You can check out our top pick of hangover supplements below and the reasons why we rate them.
Anything else to consider?
Hangover “cure” supplements are never, in fact, a cure. The only real way to 100% prevent a hangover is to not drink in the first place. Boooooring though right…
Alongside hangover cure supplements, you’ve gotta go through the standard procedure of eating before you go out and drinking lots of water before going to bed to rehydrate yourself.
But there’s no denying that hangover supplements can help a lot. However, perhaps not so much with Bytox.
So that’s all for our Bytox patch review.
Bytox is probably one of the best known hangover patches on the market and we like their clear ingredient list and no use of a proprietary blend.
However, the ingredient list is sparse and whether it works is debatable.
Hangover patches can only do so much and to put it simply, they’ll always come 3rd place after hangover pills and drinks.