People have only just discovered a ‘magic hangover cure’ at their local pharmacy – but is it safe?

There’s nothing cuter than a hangover.

The throbbing headache, hours of nausea, and crippling anxiety are (almost) enough to put anyone off drinking.

Solpadein is known for its hangover-fighting properties - but is it safe?


Solpadein is known for its hangover-fighting properties – but is it safe?

But chances are you’ll be back next weekend, just like the week before.

For decades scientists have been trying to develop a drug that can combat the dreaded hangover.

But so far they have not been so lucky.

And while we wait for a magic pill to save us once and for all, many people are experimenting with various available remedies, from greasy roasts to B vitamins and zinc.

But there’s a magical hangover cure you can get at your local pharmacy today — and people swear by it.

Solpadein, a paracetamol fortified with codeine and caffeine, is a crowd favorite among drinkers on Twitter.

One user wrote: “Solpadeine is the best hangover cure known to man.”

Another added: “I need solpadeine… it’s a miracle cure for hangovers.”

Someone else said, “The effectiveness of Solpadeine as a hangover cure never ceases to amaze me.”

They later referred to the soluble drink as “magical witch water.”

In fact, it’s so well-known for its hangover-fighting properties that the website even touts it: “By far the best cure in the country is solpadeine.”

“You’re going to need this pill or you won’t have a real hangover,” it says.

The medicine, which you can buy at your local pharmacy after a health check at the pharmacy, is available in both soluble and tablet form.

Solpadein is typically used for short-term relief of acute, moderate pain that is not relieved by other pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen alone, the website says.

Is Solpadeine a Safe Hangover Cure?

West Yorkshire-based NHS family doctor Dr. Sophie Newton warned against taking the drug to relieve a heavy night.

“It’s quite high in codeine, which is a powerful pain reliever with many side effects and the potential to become addictive,” she told The Sun.

She added, “If you were to take the maximum dose of this drug, you would be consuming almost 120mg of codeine in a day, this can cause drowsiness, nausea, constipation, confusion, headaches and dizziness.”

“Certainly not what someone with a hangover would want!”

Martin Preston, addiction expert and founder of a private rehabilitation clinic Delameresaid using products like solpadein to treat symptoms associated with a hangover could be a concern.

“If people regularly take solpadeine to reduce the effects of a hangover on their body, it could make people more likely to binge drink,” he said.

“Theoretically [taking Solpadeine] could be used to disguise a deeper issue in their relationship with alcohol if they are able to disguise the telltale signs of alcohol addiction from loved ones or peers,” the expert added.

Other ways to relieve a hangover:

1. Rehydrate

Alcohol can cause you to lose up to four times as much water, leaving you feeling like a snail in a salt mine the next morning.

Make sure you drink plenty of water before you go to sleep, but we all know how hard that is when you’ve downed a thousand tequilas and passed out on the front steps.

GP Sarah Garsed on the online health and wellness platform RWL says that water is your best friend and flushes toxins out of your body.

Isotonic drinks can also provide an extra boost and replace lost fluid.

2. Snooze

Alcohol likes to rob us of a good night’s sleep.

This is because it inhibits the release of the sleep hormone melatonin, which can make it difficult to fall asleep and get good quality sleep
and you may wake up early and not be able to go back to sleep.

“Sleep is one of the most restorative things for a hangover, so if you
If you need to, take a nap the next day,” added Dr. Sarah added.

3. Drink herbal tea

In addition to plenty of water, hot drinks can also help to invigorate the body and mind.

Ginger tea can help with nausea and milk thistle tea cleanses the liver, while hot water with honey and lemon boosts blood sugar levels.

4. Exercise when you can

Depending on how bad your hangover is, exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do, but it might be for the best, says Dr. Sarah.

After drinking lots of your natural feel-good hormone, brain chemicals can be significantly reduced, leaving you feeling low on energy and cranky.

5. Eat something

If your hangover is particularly bad and you’re having trouble digesting a lot of food, try a cold orange juice to help get you going again.

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“Orange juice can have an acid-neutralizing effect when metabolized by the body and provides large amounts of potassium, which helps rehydrate the body and restore lost minerals.

“Orange juice is also rich in natural sugars, which can help raise low blood sugar levels and reduce feelings of nausea,” said Dr. Sarah.

NHS guidelines on alcohol consumption

According to the NHS, there is a risk that regular consumption of more than 14 units of alcohol per week is harmful to your health.

To keep alcohol-related health risks at a low level if you drink alcohol most weeks:

  • Men and women are recommended to drink no more than 14 units per week on a regular basis
  • Spread your alcohol consumption over three days or more if you regularly drink up to 14 units per week
  • If you want to drink less, try going alcohol-free for several days each week

If you are pregnant or thinking you may be pregnant, it is safest not to drink alcohol at all to minimize the risk to your baby.

For more information, see NHS website.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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