A Doctor Explains: Products that can help and why an IV drip could be your best option
Alcohol has many positive effects, it is a socially acceptable stimulant and a relaxant. To ascertain the best cure for a hangover one must first establish what the cause of a hangover is. Alcohol is a poison and a diuretic. Diuretics cause increased urinary output via loss of electrolytes (water follows the electrolytes by osmosis across into the nephrons and both are then excreted). Poisons act in differing ways. Alcohol (ethanol) causes inflammation at a cellular level due to cell membrane disturbance. It also acts on the vomiting centre in the brain causing nausea and in some cases vomiting. Alcohol also irritates the stomach often causing symptoms like gastritis and heartburn. A hangover is thus a combination of dehydration, electrolyte disturbance, inflammation, nausea/vomiting and heartburn. Presuming one is able to a) hold it down and b) get hold of it, a good hangover cure would be a large amount of electrolyte rich (salty) water (perhaps 2 sachets of diaoralyte in 2 litres of water), paracetamol, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, anti-sickness medications (I would recommend the prescription-only medication ondansetron) and ranitidine (an antacid). The fastest and most effective, gold standard, treatment is however an IV drip. IV isotonic salt solutions such as plasmalyte match the pH of blood exactly, 100% is immediately absorbed, IV medications have 100% bioavailability meaning none of it is broken down or not absorbed so all of it is received by your body.
What You'll Need
- Find a reputable company with indemnified qualified practitioners.
- Anti-sickness medication
- Antacid medication
What You'll Do
- You can try the forementioned products at home to get rid of hangover.
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- A fully insured private Doctor will come to your house/ hotel/ office and administer you prescription only medications to make you feel better!
Tips & Warnings
- Always consult your Doctor before taking any new medications and never take many at once.
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