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6 of The Best Homemade Hangover Remedies

Being hungover after a night of partying can really drag you down. While drinking too much can happen to anybody, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer the next day. Use some of the best hangover remedies to help get you back on your feet in no time.

1. Try Clotam

Clotam, containing the main ingredient tolfenamic acid, is a medication that can help ease hangover symptoms. A study published in 2012 in Advances in Preventative Medicine reports that tolfenamic acid reduces the hangover symptoms of headache and nausea. You may want to check with your doctor before trying Clotam, however.

2. Use Opuntia Ficus Indica Extract

The supplement form of Opuntia ficus indica, also known as prickly pear cactus, may be just what you need to naturally cure a hangover. The 2012 study in Advances in Preventative Medicine found that Opuntia ficus indica significantly reduces the lack of appetite, dry mouth, and nausea associated with hangovers.

3. Consider Electrolyte Solutions

When you’re feeling hungover, consider electrolyte solutions like sports drinks and bouillon soup, suggests MedlinePlus. Doing so helps replace the electrolytes like potassium and salt that your body loses while drinking alcohol.

4. Opt for Vitamin B6

Take plenty of B vitamins, especially vitamin B6, before, during, and after a night of drinking, as recommended by the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). ACSH notes that using B6 as a hangover remedy may reduce unpleasant side effects by up to 50 percent.

5. Try Red Ginseng

Red ginseng appears to be an effective hangover treatment, according to a study published in 2014 in Food and Function — at least in men. Researchers who conducted this study report that red ginseng helps alleviate hangover symptoms in animal studies, and reduces plasma alcohol levels and hangover severity in men.

6. Consider After-Effect

A product specifically designed to treat hangovers called After-Effect appears to be effective, according to the 2012 study in Advances in Preventative Medicine. Researchers who conducted the study report that the product improved overall hangover severity and individual hangover symptoms in highly satisfied study subjects. Ingredients found in After-Effect include borage oil, fish oil, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, milk thistle, and Opuntia ficus indica.


An experienced health, nutrition and fitness writer, Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian and holds a dietetics degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has worked as a clinical dietitian and health educator in outpatient settings. Erin's work is published on popular health websites, such as TheNest.com and JillianMichaels.com

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