Patch claims to cure hangovers

The Bytox patch claims to be a cure for hangovers.
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A new patch claims to be a cure for hangovers, but does it really work?

When one drink leads to another and then another, you know the next morning is going to be rough.

In our "fix it now, I need it tonight" world, you would think that someone would have a cure for the common hangover. But cure and prevention may not be the same thing.

The Bytox Hangover Prevention Patch claims to prevent hangovers. According to the company, it is loaded with vitamins - lots of vitamins. They claim the Bytox patch is the second best thing to having a vitamin-laced injection.

"The Bytox Hangover Prevention Patch rapidly and continuously replenishes these nutrients before they are lost, thus restoring the body's natural balance," the company claims on its website.

They say putting the patch on 45 minutes before you start drinking will reduce the physical after-effects of alcohol consumption. But to prevent hangovers, you have to understand hangovers.

"A hangover is mostly the effects of profound dehydration that alcohol causes," said Wishard Hospital Dr. Terez Malaka, "which leads to headaches and nausea, fatigue you feel the next day."

Doctors say alternating drinking water and alcohol does help, but it's certainly not a cure. They question how a vitamin patch could prevent hangovers.

Of course, we're all aware of the experimental remedies accompanied by very fluid, non-clinical trials. Every bartender in town has heard the cure for a hangover.

"Everything under the world," said bartender Andrea Townsend.

When Eyewitness News talked to Townsend, one of the bartenders at the Front Page Tavern, she said she was just getting over a hangover.

"I feel great now, but this morning was not so good," she laughed.

Her cure?

"That would be sleep, I would say, first and foremost. Second, a little...a few dashes of bitters and soda water and drink it fast," she said.

Some say greasy food that is loaded with carbs is supposed to help absorb alcohol, which may minimize a hangover a little, but as a cure?

"In terms of a product, any anti-inflammatory medicines, pain medicines, vitamins, there is really nothing that has been proven to work," Malaka said.

The Bytox patch doesn't claim to prevent any real medical condition, so it doesn't have to be tested by the FDA.

The company does mention on its website, ironically, that responsible drinking also helps prevent hangovers.

The product has been removed from shelves in England, where the patch did not cure hangovers.