by Denise Kruse
Brenna Haysom is every mother's dream: She had a Harvard degree and a lucrative job in finance -- which she then quit to develop, with no pharmaceutical background whatsoever, an over-the-counter hangover remedy called Blowfish.
Gut Check was fortunate enough to receive a sample of Blowfish, and we risked life, limb and liver to see if it's the morning-after cure (er, the other kind of morning-after cure, we mean) it purports to be.
Blowfish is cocktail of aspirin, caffeine and an antacid buffering agent. It comes two to a pack and dissolves easily in water for faster absorption by the body.
And to quell any lingering fears, the drug also recently received approval from the FDA. (See note at bottom of the post.)
Gut Check tried it the morning after a dinner party gone rogue, desperate for the relief Blowfish promises will arrive in 15 to 30 minutes. The tablets dissolved quickly in water, transformed it into a fizzy, almost lemony and nearly unpalatable liquid. We recommend chugging before losing your resolve -- and under no circumstances should you try sniffing it first.
After an initial wave of dizziness, within fifteen minutes all of our symptoms were almost completely eradicated, bringing to mind this article's apt description of the pill as "the hangover-fighting power of two extra-strength aspirins, three espressos and a greasy breakfast."
Obviously this is no Waffle House hash browns replacement -- but it would probably make the boisterous atmosphere of the 'House a little more bearable once you drag yourself out of bed the afternoon following a night of liquid debauchery.
Blowfish also offers 60-minute delivery in Manhattan. Which Gut Check suspects might be the longest hour of your life.
Editor's Note: Though Haysom has been quoted as saying "The [Food and Drug Administration] has specifically said our formula is effective for treating hangover symptoms," that is not the same as being FDA-approved, which multiple articles and blog posts (the first draft of this one included) subsequently claimed. We're working to get clarification from Blowfish itself.