With just 15 days left until Carnival, pharmacies are offering the famous “hangover kit” on their shelves, which is a combination of medicines and substances that many people use to alleviate the symptoms of excessive alcohol intake. Typically, the packages contain hepatoprotective medications, antacids, antiemetics and analgesics.
Pharmacist Naianny Nascimento explains that this practice is at odds with current regulatory standards, since Anvisa prohibits the sale of unregistered kits that combine different types of medicines as there is no proof of safety in the use of these combinations. According to her, the simultaneous use of these medications after drinking alcoholic beverages can lead to an increase in side effects, exposing the population to complications such as gastrointestinal bleeding, irritation of the stomach mucosa and nausea.
“The well-known “Ressaca Kit” is highly sold in drugstores across the country, especially during festive periods such as Carnival. Although many of these medications are known as a solution against hangovers, it is important to remember that their leaflets indicate that they are contraindicated in association with alcoholic beverages. The manufacturer of the medicine that has the slogan: one before and one after, for example, advises against this type of use, reporting the high risk of intestinal bleeding, excessive drowsiness and liver problems”.
The consumer protection code also prohibits the tying of products. “As pharmacists we must be aware of this practice because the rational use of medicines is one of the premises of our profession, we need to guarantee safety and therapeutic effectiveness”.
The pharmacist’s tip is to stay hydrated while drinking alcohol to avoid a hangover. “The best way to cure a hangover is to drink lots of water, eat light meals and get plenty of rest. Isotonic drinks can be consumed.”
If the reveler presents symptoms of a hangover, before consuming any medication, it is important that they seek advice from the pharmacist.