The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Is there a reliable way to prevent or treat alcohol hangover?

    Yes, but you might be disappointed.

    Many drugs and supplements have been studied.

    • Propranolol (Inderal)
    • Tropisetron (Navoban)
    • Tolfenamic acid (Clotam)
    • Fructose or glucose
    • Borago officinalis (borage)
    • Cynara scolymus (artichoke)
    • Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear)
    • A yeast-based preparation

    In each study, the person getting treatment and the one giving the treatment did not know if they were getting/giving the test drug or placebo (blinded).

    There’s some support for tolfenamic acid, gamma linolenic acid from B. officinalis, and a yeast based preparation. However, the authors of this review concluded, “there is no compelling evidence that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover.”

    Here’s why many people will be disappointed.

    • The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to practice abstinence or moderation.

    Party responsibly.

    12/21/06 22:38 JR

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