Hangover Treatment: What Are Your Options and How to Choose?

A hangover is caused by overindulging in alcohol. It causes a range of unpleasant symptoms that are usually felt the morning after you drink alcohol. Mild hangover symptoms include body aches and headaches, heartburn, stomachache, and tiredness. Severe hangover symptoms include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Fortunately, whether you have a mild hangover or a more severe one, there are several ways to treat a hangover.

This article will discuss common ways to treat hangovers and help you decide which is right for you.

Do-it-yourself methods

After a night of drinking, you may want to take the hair of the dog that bit you. In other words, you can have a drink or two in order to combat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Both alcohol and some sedative prescription drugs like Valium can cause withdrawal symptoms because of the way they affect GABA receptors in your brain. However, you should understand that taking the hair of the dog keeps you in the cycle of consuming alcohol and then experiencing alcohol withdrawal.

Drinking fluids is important for fighting off the dehydration that alcohol causes. Diarrhea, nausea, sweating, and vomiting are signs of severe dehydration. You have probably noticed that you need to pee more often when you are drinking alcohol. This is because there is a hormone called vasopressin that usually keeps your kidneys from producing so much urine, but alcohol decreases the effects of vasopressin.

Another thing that can help your hangover is to eat a carbohydrate-rich breakfast. Alcohol can make your blood sugar drop, so the headaches and tiredness you feel during a hangover might be caused partly because your brain is not receiving enough of the blood sugar it uses for energy. Furthermore, if you didn’t eat anything while you were drinking, your blood sugar might be even lower than it would be if you had eaten while you drank. Eating toast and drinking juice can help your blood glucose return to regular levels, and it is unlikely to upset your stomach further if you feel nauseous.

You can also pair your breakfast with coffee or tea. The caffeine in these drinks can combat your brain fog and tiredness.

Over-the-counter treatments

Taking a pain reliever other than Tylenol will help with some of the symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen can ease headaches and body aches caused by a hangover. However, NSAIDs can upset your stomach, especially if you already aren’t feeling well. It is very important for you not to take acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver, and if there is any alcohol left in your system, this medication can become even more dangerous for the health of your liver.

A recent study has found that if you consume foods and drinks that are rich in B vitamins and zinc within 24 hours before or after you drink heavily, your hangover will be weaker than if you did not have higher levels of vitamin B and zinc. Vitamin B and zinc are also available as dietary supplements in capsule form, so you may want to try those if you can’t get these nutrients through food and drink.

A medication like Pepto Bismol or something similar can help settle your upset stomach. Antacids like Tums can treat heartburn and acid reflux.

IV therapy treatments

Intravenous (IV) therapy treatments can also help you recover from a hangover. At Drip Hydration, our Hangover IV contains IV fluids, electrolytes, and B-complex vitamins, including vitamin B12, Toradol, and anti-nausea medication. The iv fluids and electrolytes work to replenish the fluids you lost. The B-complex vitamins enhance your energy levels. Toradol is an NSAID medication that will reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-nausea medication, of course, relieves nausea and thereby reduces vomiting.

Our hangover IV therapy combines several of the treatments we have talked about. It tackles dehydration like water and sports drinks, manages pain as NSAIDs do, delivers important B vitamins like a supplement tablet, and calms nausea-like Pepto Bismol.

However, IV therapy benefits these remedies much faster than its oral counterparts. This is a more significant advantage than you might realize. The faster these remedies can take effect, the better. You don’t want to prolong your hangover misery. IV treatment works faster than oral remedies because the contents of the IV bag go directly into your bloodstream and begin working right away, whereas anything ingested by mouth must go through your digestive system before it can start to take effect, and it can take hours for something to pass through your digestive system.

We offer in-home IV therapy. This will save you time and money because instead of having to commute to and from a clinic and wait for your appointment, you can have your treatment administered by a trained professional in the comfort and privacy of your home.

How do I know which is right for me?

Choosing the right remedy for your hangover depends mostly on the severity of it. If your hangover is mild, drinking some water and taking aspirin might be all you really need.

However, if you are severely dehydrated and/or experiencing nausea and vomiting (which are both signs of being very dehydrated), you will not likely be able to keep anything down, rendering any oral remedies useless. IV therapy is ideal in that situation because you do not need to ingest anything orally. As previously stated, IV treatment works much faster than oral remedies because it bypasses your digestive system. This is especially important because you need to get your hydration levels back up quickly when you are so dehydrated that you can avoid more serious health complications.

Another advantage of IV therapy is that you do not need to drive anywhere to get treated. Needless to say, you cannot drive if you still have alcohol in your system, and you won’t want to drive if you are dealing with nausea and vomiting.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV therapy in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!