Frequently Asked Questions

Heddrite was developed by a medical doctor and clinical pharmacologist who has been working on alcohol and its effects on the body for more than 30 years, both as a physician and as a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health. He also wrote the book on the treatment of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

It is designed to help with hangover symptoms and with the skin flushing some people experience when drinking alcohol.

If that's all you need to know, you can go right ahead and... try it out

But we would have a few more questions, and you probably do too. Here are the ones we most often get from our customers:

How does this stuff work?
Heddrite contains two ingredients that help your body get rid of acetaldehyde, a toxic byproduct of alcohol (read the details).

Should I take Heddrite before I drink or after I drink?
Both. You should start with three capsules before drinking and take three more when you are done drinking.

If I drink more, should I take more?
Good question! The short answer is “yes!”

We all have those occasions (the company Christmas party, for example, or your little brother’s wedding) where things get a little out of hand. While the recommended dose will do you just fine if you’re splitting a bottle of wine (and maybe a couple of extra glasses) with your sweetie, you definitely want to take more if we’re talking beer pong and Tequila shooters, or if that single malt tasting party goes on a little longer than you expected.

The bottom line: the more you drink, the more acetaldehyde your body needs to get rid of. If a couple more hours have gone by and you are still drinking, it's a good idea to take another 2 or 3 pills. If you know you are going to drink a large amount over a long period of time, you should plan on extra doses. If you do extra drinking without extra doses, you probably will not feel as bad the next day as you ordinarily would, but you probably won't feel so great either.

Speaking of which, another good question is...

Will I feel 100% the next day?
No. Heddrite does a good job on the nastiest hangover symptoms, but alcohol affects so many different systems in the body that you are unlikely to feel absolutely 100% the next day. We aim to get you up to 80 or 90%.

Our personal research shows that it’s reasonable to expect to feel a little tired and dragged out, especially if you’ve had quite a bit to drink. But “a little tired and dragged out” is a big improvement over “like death warmed over!”

Will Heddrite help with skin flushing?
Some people, especially those of Asian ancestry, experience annoying skin flushing symptoms when they drink. We originally thought of Heddrite as a hangover remedy, but we have been surprised by the number of customers who have reported good results with controlling their flushing symptoms.

Is there anything else I should do besides taking Heddrite?
It's definitely a good idea to drink plenty of water when you drink alcohol - getting dehydrated will not help. And if your aim is a good buzz rather than a serious party night, you can always reduce the risk of hangover symptoms by consuming alcohol with food. You should not drink if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on getting pregnant.

And as one of our favorite radio DJs likes to say, if you drink, don't drive, and if you drive, don't drink!

Does it make sense to take Heddrite if I’m just having a couple of drinks?
The answer to this question depends in part on how sensitive you are to hangover symptoms. In general your liver does a good job at breaking down the acetaldehyde from one or two drinks.

Our best guess answer to this question would have been “no,” but we have gotten some raves from older customers who like a glass or two of wine with dinner and find they can tolerate it much better with Heddrite. I guess our new answer would be “give it a try and see what you think.”

I'm just the webmaster, so what do I know, but I take two or three any time I go past two drinks. I feel better and more clear-headed the next day.

Will Heddrite keep me from getting drunk?
No. And you still cannot and should not drive a car, operate a turret lathe, or perform other activities which would ordinarily be unsafe after consuming alcohol. And think about it - if it did stop you from getting drunk, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

Why do I have to take so many pills?
Well, we’d love it if you didn’t have to, because it would make the product easier to use and easier to sell. But here’s the deal. Alcohol is a fairly strange drug – and sure, it is a drug. A few wispy puffs of smoke will get you high on pot, but to get a decent buzz on alcohol, you have to consume a lot of it.

Let’s say you drink 4 or 5 (or ok, maybe 6 or 7) generous glasses of wine. That means you are drinking almost an entire wine glass of pure alcohol (yikes!). A lot of alcohol means a lot of acetaldehyde, which means you need a fair amount of Heddrite to help your liver break it down. There’s just no way one or two pills could do it unless we made them the size of a ping pong ball.

Will it help if I take Heddrite the morning after?
Sadly, no. For the most part, the damage has been done by this point. However, if you forget your Heddrite and spend the evening at your local watering hole, it will help if you take some right after you get home when you still have alcohol in your system. It won’t work as well as a “before and after” dose, but it should help.

What if I don’t think Heddrite works?
We’ll give you your money back. All of it.

Will Heddrite help protect me from the negative health effects of alcohol use?
There are two reasons we can’t answer that question. First, there’s almost no research on that question. Second, we are forbidden by law from making health claims that we can’t substantiate, and since there’s almost no research on that question...

We will, however, boldly state that taking Heddrite falls into the “can’t hurt, might help” category. Heddrite works because it helps your liver quickly break down acetaldehyde, a toxic chemical produced in your body when you drink alcohol. Acetaldehyde is sometimes used as an embalming fluid, so we’re thinking that having less of it in your body is better!

The components of Heddrite have been shown to prevent some effects of alcohol toxicity in animal studies. If we get rich and famous, we plan to fund some research on humans.


The product is not intended for use by anyone under 21, or anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on becoming pregnant.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.