The Ultimate Hangover Pill Guide: The Best Hangover Pills Ranked & Reviewed

Hangover Pills - The Ultimate Guide

With all of the different hangover pill, drink, effervescent tablets, patches, IV and other cure products on the market today, finding the most effective, fast acting and well-priced cure to that terrible morning hangover you’ve been feeling is not easy: trust me I know, I test hangover cures for a living!

Head to your nearest pharmacy, drugstore or just hop on Amazon and you’ll see exactly what I mean: there’s too much choice! So how do you figure out what hangover pills (or patches, IV’s, etc) actually work and make sure you don’t waste your money on ineffective hype products?

My Mission: To Uncover The Best Hangover Pills

Well, like I said, this is what I do: uncover the best hangover products on the market!

From my experience, the IV solutions do work but are either way too expensive to be anything more then a novelty.

Hangover patches aren’t as good as they can only deliver small amounts of the essential vitamins. Also if you’ve got sensitive skin like me, you end up with red and itchy patches.

I’m going to focus on hangover pills – those magical wonder pills containing all the goodies we need to dominate the day after a night having one too many bottles of wine/beer/liquor.

I’ve done the hard work here so you don’t have to: spoken to industry professionals, analysed ingredient lists like a mad scientist, read through all the scientific journals and with all of these hangover pills: actually got drunk and tried most of them to see if they alleviate my hangover symptoms in the morning… no need to thank me, I love my job! 

The result of this hard work is the list shown below, where I have narrowed an industry full of mediocre products into a select list of the 5 best hangover pill supplements available on the market today.

So if you’re looking to wipe out your hangover after drinking too much alcohol, check out the suggestions below and you should be back to crushing the day again in no time!

Before we start however, I must stress that nothing will actually “cure” your hangovers. These pills will only at best take the edge off to make you feel more productive and less tired the next day. Also its hugely dependent on the amount you drink. If you have 10 pints and 5 Jägerbombs, then nothing will help…

What’s Causing These Terrible Hangovers In The First Place?

I’ve covered the root cause of hangovers in other places on this website, but before I break down the best ways to get rid of your killer morning hangover, it’s worth re-hashing exactly why you get them in the first place:

  1. Dehydration
    A hangover is caused by excessive Alcohol being introduced to the body, causing an increase in urine production which dehydrates the body. This is the main factor resulting in headaches and a feeling of lethargy.
  2. Acetaldehyde
    Alcohol is broken down in the body to form acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, which is then further broken down to form to acetic acid (vinegar) from acetaldehyde.
    Your liver can only process 1 drink per hour. So this breakdown system becomes over run – quickly. As a result you get a buildup of acetaldehyde in your blood.

Acetaldehyde is highly toxic. It quickly breaks down into free radicals which wreak havoc on your insides. Essentially why you feel like you’ve been hit by a train when you wake up int he morning

The hangover pills mentioned below are all designed to help your body remove these toxins and then repair the damage left in its wake… like a clean up crew coming in after a horrific crime.  

What to look for in a hangover pill?

You want to target the key symptoms of a hangover which we are all too familiar with:

• Nausea / Vomiting
• Fatigue / Tiredness
• Headache
• Stomach ache
• Anxiety

So, we need a product that tackles all these five areas, which is no easy task.

• Nausea and vomiting
Natural ingredients such as ginger are brilliant for helping with symptoms of nausea

• Fatigue
B-vitamins are great for this and are known to increase energy levels

• Headache
We normally take things like Ibuprofen or acetaminophen/paracetamol for this. But if you’re not keen on medicinal product like myself, then natural anti inflammatories like Turmeric can help a lot.

• Stomach ache
Alcohol irritates the stomach lining. its quite hard to get away from the stomach aches and pains but ingredients such as chamomile or peppermint can help sooth this

• Anxiety
AKA the FEAR. We have all been there and some would argue this is probably one of the most debilitating symptom of a hangover. Ingredients such as Theanine, Taurine, Chamomile and Rhodiola rosea are great for hangover anxiety.

So without further ado, lets get into the top hangover pills on the market today and why they are the best.

The Ultimate Hangover Pill List

#1

AfterDrink

afterdrink pills Ingredient List:

  • 300mg Dihydromyricetin
  • 350mg N-Acetyl L-Cysteine
  • Amino acids – Choline, Theanine, Taurine
  • Ginger – equivalent to 2.7g
  • Turmeric – equivalent to 3g
  • 160mg Milk Thistle
  • 150mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Minerals – (chromium, selenium, Zinc)
5 out of 5 hangovercure.org stars
Background
I found AfterDrink to be the best product I tried by a long way. It’s formulated by a medical doctor based in the UK and has a comprehensive list of all the ingredients required to combat the hangover symptoms.

Ingredients
All of the ingredients are dosed properly and there are no proprietary blends.  It is all-natural, they use vegetarian capsules instead of gelatine ones many companies use – and they include no drugs or caffeine. It’s as pure as it gets when it comes to hangover pills.

Price
AfterDrink sells all over the world. They manufacture their product in the UK and USA in GMP certified plants. However it’s not cheap. It’s a premium product and priced as such. You can check out their prices in your local currency on their website.

Side effects
All of AfterDrink’s ingredients are natural and safe to take. If you take any regular medications, you should still check with your doctor to make sure the herbal extracts don’t interact. Most of the hangover pills I review and recommend will have all natural ingredients, so generally the side effect profile will be low.

Dosing
The manufacturers advice taking 3 capsules before bed and 3 in the morning. The most important dose is before bed though, so make sure you don’t forget. This is the case with all hangover pills.

To buy now, visit www.afterdrink.com

#2

DeToxx

Pretoxx Pills Review Ingredient List:

  • Prickly Pear Extract (NOPAL)
  • N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine: (NAC)
  • Milk Thistle Extract
  • Vitamin B Mix
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium chloride
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
4 out of 5 hangovercure.org stars
DeToxx is a “drink buffer”. You won’t magically feel amazing the day after taking PreToxx and having a big night out, but you will feel a lot less worse then if you didn’t take the hangover pills.

Background
A veteran in the hangover pill world. DeToxx used to be called PreToxx and contains most of the ingredients needed in a hangover pill. The reason it gets second spot on the podium is because of its price. Its CHEAP and good value for money.

Ingredients
Because its cheap, they’ve sacrificed on a few key ingredients such as turmeric and ginger. They also use a proprietary blend which means you don’t actually know how much of each ingredient you are getting.

Price
DeToxx for hangovers only costs $19 from Amazon and from their website. They ONLY sell in the USA.

#3

Thrive+ After Alcohol Aid

 

Thrive hangover cure

Ingredient List:

  • Vitamin C
  • Succinic and Fumaric Acids
  • L-Glutamic Acid HCL
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • L-cysteine
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Dextrose / Glucose
  • Croscamellose Sodium
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)
  • Food Glaze
  • Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)
  • Water Glucose (as Dextrose Monohydrate)
4 out of 5 hangovercure.org stars
Thrive pills actually lives up to a lot of the hype surrounding it.

Background
Thrive hangover pills are pretty good. They have good doses of ingredients including almost 1 gram of DHM which is a key ingredient in flushing out more alcohol from the system at the end of the night.
Ingredients
Most importantly, Thrive doesn’t use a proprietary blend so you know exactly what you’re getting from each ingredient.Dosing
Thrive recommends taking 3 pills before bed only. This means that each bottle will last you a longer time as most other hangover pills recommend a total of 6 pills for each night out. But we aren’t too convinced that 3 pills is enough to really settle your hangover symptoms.

#4

Flyby

Ingredient List:

  • DHM
  • Milk Thistle
  • NAC
  • Vitamin B Complex
3 out of 5 hangovercure.org stars
Background
Flyby is one of new kids on the block. They’ve based their ingredients on a solid foundation and include everything you need in a hangover pill.
The only issue:
They use a proprietary blend.Dosing
Like most hangover pills, Flyby recommend taking 3 capsules before the start of your night and 3 at the end. It comes in 2 different sizes. The smaller bottle has 30 pills which means it’ll last you 5 nights out and the bigger one has 90 pills which will last you 15 nights out

#5

Drinkwel

Drinkwel Multivitamin Review Key Ingredient List: (full list here)

  • Milk Thistle and Artichoke
  • Amino acid N-Acetyl Cysteine and Taurine
  • Vitamin C
  • Thiamin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folic Acid
  • Riboflavin
  • Copper
  • Magnesium and Selenium
  • Vitamin B-Complex to aid metabolism and maintain energy
  • Acerola, Goji and Acai
2 out of 5 star review for Toniiq
Drinkwel claims to be just a multivitamin, and that’s all the product is: an everyday Liver health  multivitamin!

Drinkwel is one of the OG’s in the hangover pill world. They have a lot of loyal customers who have stuck with them from day one. They don’t get a higher spot on the podium for a few main reasons.

1) They include too many ingredients – so each one is under-dosed. You cant realistically fit in that many ingredients in a few tiny capsules.

2) They recommend taking 2 capsules a day and increasing the dose when drinking. So its a bit confusing whether they are more of a liver detox blend or a hangover pill.

3) Drinkwel uses proprietary blends.

Hopefully one of the options listed above will be just what you need to effectively eliminate your hangover after a big night of drinking or just when you have a lot to do the day after an expected bottle or two of wine.

I will be constantly updating this list of hangover pills, and if you know of, or are a manufacturer of your own hangover pills, then get in contact with me and we’ll arrange for me to try them out and add them to the rankings above. Be warned though that I am brutally honest with my reviews, so only contact me if you’re hangover solution actually effective!

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