Asian Blush, RU-21, Pepsid, etc.

*NEW* I've created a forum to handle all the discussion that has been going on here.Its URL is: http://echeng.com/asianblush/

Go to the forum and post your questions and answers! (comments closed, below) --- Here is the original post:

Can someone in the medical profession out there educate me about RU-21? In theory, it might be able to "help" prevent the Asian Blush. Some sites say that it actually helps to metabolize acetaldehyde, but other sites say that it slows down the ethanol oxidation to acetaldehyde. One of my friends has been taking it, but he isn't sure that it is "working."

I don't drink much, but when I do, I sometimes take Pepcid AC 30-60 minutes before having any alcohol. I find that it usually prevents me from turning red, but (un)fortunately makes me tipsy rather quickly.

Jan 11, 2005 *UPDATE* -- Hey, guys. The response here has been overwhelming! I'll install forum software soon and get a link posted here, so we can all post anecdotes.