Now that Sobur is becoming more popular and is known to a lot more people as a hangover cure that actually works, as the co-owner of Sobur and constant self-promoter (sorry anyone who has to spend more then an hour in my company, I am going to talk about my product constantly and to everyone) I am starting to hear the “oh, your product is like Chaser Plus?” question more and more.
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I know most of the supposed ‘hangover cure’ products on the markets (most aren’t hangover cures as much as they are re-branded energy drinks/products, by the way), and I have not seen or come across Chaser Plus in my constant monitoring of the market. So I decided to look into this mysterious product, and see what all the hype was about. Here’s what I found out:
Chaser Plus: The Details
Chaser plus, apparently one of the best selling hangover cure products of all time, has been discontinued. Here’s the product description, taken directly from the packaging:
Chaser Plus Product Description
- Helps Avoid Hangover Symptoms
- Take 2 Caplets With Your First Drink
- Freedom from Hangovers
Here’s the suggested usage of Chaser Plus, taken directly from the (no longer available) packaging:
Chaser Plus Suggested Use
Adults (age 21 and over) take 2 caplets with your first drink. Take 2 more caplets after 4 to 6 drinks, or every 2 to 3 hours. Do not take more than 8 caplets in a 24 hour period or use the maximum dosage for more than 1 week except under the advice and supervision of a physician. Not for use by persons under 21 years of age.
It also came with a product warning, which is pretty interesting reading (“if pregnant or breast feeding” warnings… on a hangover cure product??):
**Warnings**: Do not use for headache pain for more than 10 days. Ask a doctor before use if: a) you are being treated for a medical condition, or b) you have a condition that requires you to take prescription drugs. If pregnant or breast feeding, ask a health care professional before use. It is especially important not to consume alcohol while pregnant or breast feeding. Chaser Plus will not prevent alcohol intoxication. Consult a physician if you believe you may have a dependency on alcohol.
The ingredients list for Chaser Plus is what interested me the most, as I read rumors on a few gossip forums/communities that the ingredients of the product are what caused it to be pulled off of store shelves (mass product recall, but more on that later).
Chaser Plus Ingredients
- Cinchona off. 12X: aids with throbbing head & noise sensitivity
- Lobelia inf. 12X: aids with nausea, dizziness and headaches
- Nux vomica 12X: helps with headaches and light sensitivity
- Quercus spir glan 6X: for dry mouth and dry throat
- Ranunculus bulb 12X: for headaches and getting over fatigue
- Zincum met. 30X: helps with fatigue, headaches and nausea
- Calcium Carbonate
- Carnauba Wax
- Croscarmellose Sodium
- FD&C Yellow #6
- FD&C Red #40
- Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
- Magnesium Stearate
- Microcrystalline Cellulose
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Silicon Dioxide
- Titanium Dioxide
Chaser plus is (was) marketed as a “homeopathic hangover medicine” that you take whilst drinking in order to help you avoid hangovers.
Its ingredients targeted specific hangover symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, light, sound sensitivity, and dry mouth.
A supposedly safe alternative to aspirin, acetaminophen and other traditional hangover remedies, Chaser Plus is (was) manufactured and packaged in the U.S.A. at FDA inspected, pharmaceutical cGMP (certified Good Manufacturing Processes) facilities.
It was designed for the moderate social drinker, and the homeopathic element was marketed as being superior to aspirin and acetaminophen based products due to acetaminophen being linked to liver toxicity, and Aspirin and Ibuprofen being highly acidic which can cause stomach irritation or bleeding (especially following alcohol consumption). The all natural Chaser Plus hangover remedy has no apparent side effects.
Although the marketing and labeling of Chaser Plus would have you believe that the active ingredients are what make the product so effective (the Cinchona, Lobelia, etc), the strange wording reveals the truth about these ingredients. The “off. 12x” and “inf. 12x” designations actually mean that these herbs appear in a concentration of 1 part per trillion, or the equivalent of a single drop in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools! Many “homeopathic” products are labelled in this confusing and slightly misleading manner.
What Makes Chaser Plus So Effective?
What actually makes Chaser Plus so effective is the inclusion of calcium carbonate and the activated carbon (listed among the “inactive ingredients”). The tiny ‘pores’ in the carbon allow the toxins to absorb into the pill before being absorbed by your body.
It is not ideal, as while it’s traveling through your digestive tract toxins can be released.
User reports of Chaser Plus on different websites report that taking the product throughout the night (2 pills every 2-4 hours) made it most effective, allowing one user to “wake up with no hangover!”
Chaser Plus Is Discontinued: Here’s Why
Towards the end of 2011, several popular online supplement retailers who previously stocked Chaser plus started to show “backorder” dates for the product for April 2012 and later. These were the first warning signs.
At the beginning of 2012, Chaser Plus was officially discontinued as a retail product, leaving only excess stock available (usually for a massive premium) on a few websites and marketplaces like ebay.
I had to dig pretty deep in order to uncover why the product was discontinued, as there was a lot of forum rumors and speculation. It seems that the official position of the manufacturers regarding discontinuing the product was the inclusion of the activated carbon – it is known to release certain toxins in the body and the manufacturers had received some complaints.
What Did Chaser Plus Leave Behind In The Hangover Market
While Chaser Plus was very popular among social drinkers (and occasional drinkers + wine fans), and it will be missed, it was the first product of it’s kind that identified a need in the market: people wanted to get rid of their hangovers, fast!
Several other brands jumped into this space, but the best, as voted by hangovercure in their #1 hangover cure review, is Sobur hangover cure, which they claimed in their review:
The official HangoverCureOrg verdict is that Sobur is the best hangover cure pill that we have tried so far, bar none.
Sobur uses Dihydromyricetin and a combination of safe, proven vitamins and minerals in order to sober you up after a big night of drinking, protect your body from potential damage caused by alcohol, and replenish vital nutrients lost while drinking. Read More About Sobur Here »
Have You Heard About The “Miracle Hangover Cure” that Wired magazine, New Scientist and the NY Post are all talking about? Better Than Chaser Plus?
It’s called Dihydromyricetin and it will change the way you consume alcohol for ever! Sobur, our hangover cure supplement, uses dihydromyricetin (read more about Dihydromyricetin here) as our key ingredient, along with several other essential ingredients that replenish & restore key vitamins and minerals the body looses when you drink alcohol.