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Does Pedialyte Work as a Hangover Cure?

Anyone who has ever experienced a hangover knows that it’s not fun, and if you can, you want to stop that feeling as quickly as possible. So, could Pedialyte be the solution?

For years, Pedialyte was used to help hydrate children suffering from stomach bugs, but the brand recently seems to have tapped into a new market, targeting adults who are in need of a little TLC after a heavy night of drinking. The company launched a marketing campaign aimed at adults, which includes clever tweets about the product and catch-phrases like "See the Lyte." That, coupled with the celebrity endorsement of the product (CBS News notes that both Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams have sung its praises) has made it increasingly popular among people looking for fast relief for a hangover.

Alcohol is a diuretic and when you’re drinking it you’re going to the bathroom more often and therefore losing fluids, when you can’t hydrate fast enough then you become dehydrated, and that’s where Pedialyte comes in. Pedialyte does not pretend to be a hangover cure (the only way to avoid a hangover is really to drink less), rather it’s a way to rehydrate and can make you feel better by replacing electrolytes and fluids.

According to their website, there are three products that can help, these are; the Pedialyte Powder Packs, which they claim are perfect for sneaking into the office, Pedialyte Classic Liters, which comes in a liquid form and can be stored in the fridge, and Pedialyte Freezer Pops, which are basically lollies available in five different flavors, with the intention of hydrating.

When it comes to hangovers, this product may have an advantage over water or sports drinks, but according to Refinery29, research scientist Jennifer Williams, MPH, told them, “It is not designed for everyday use or hydration needs where water is adequate — so it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor first to see if daily use is recommended.” Basically, don’t overdo it.

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