Vicks NyQuil Liquid

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More Effective Than Any Other Cold Medicine

Jul 27, 2000
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Does its' job

Cons:Nasty taste

Let me preface this review with this statement: I have a problem with us reviewing medicines. It is all well and good to state our own experiences with the medicines in question, but none of us, with the exceptions of Registered Nurses, and Medical Doctors, should be giving any advice on what we should take for any ailments. The vast majority of us are not health care professionals, and as such, our opinions should be taken for what they are, opinions on a product, not sound medical advice.
Anyone with a real medical problem should consult a doctor, not Epinions for a treatment or cure.

Without further ado, I bring you my Nyquil Review.

Better Than Mad Dog 20/20
OK, maybe not. But certainly more effective.
Nyquil measures a mere 20 proof in alcohol level, this is equivalent to many wines. Of course you aren't drinking a glass full of Nyquil, rather you are supplied with a handy shot glass for you to have your Nyquil.

Dosages: Adults are supposed to use 2 table spoons full, which is the same as one shot glass, or more accurately, a shot cup, since it is plastic. Then, you aren't supposed to go out and operate heavy machinery, or drive.
Children are served a have adult serving, this medicine is also advised not to use this medicine on kids younger than 12.

Nyquil is the night time sniffling sneezing coughing runny nose, something or other so you can rest medicine. I figured it was the alcohol that made you tired, but no way could something so small and only 10% alcohol make you want to pass out. So, it must be something else in the ingredients. I'm no scientist, so wouldn't claim to know. What I do know is, this doesn't make me tired anymore. It gives me a tremendous amount of energy instead. I have even noticed on the bottle, May cause marked drowsiness. May cause excitability in children. I'm here to say it still causes excitability in me. So, Nyquil doesn't make everyone tired.

On any given day, when I have a cold, I would prefer to take Nyquil during the day, rather than the less effective Day-Quil.

OK, so why would I use this and not drink a shot of Old Number 7 instead?
Because Old Number 7, 1.75 ml bottles do not fit in the medicine cabinet, and try explaining the smell of some old Kentucky Bourbon on your breath in the morning. At least Nyquil won't make your breath smell like an alcoholics. But anyway, you are probably going to take Nyquil if you have the following symptoms:
Minor Aches & Pains, headaches, muscle aches.
Sore Throat
Fever
Runny Nose and Sneezing
Nasal congestion
Coughing

As long as these symptoms are associated with a cold or flu, you're said to be all right to take Nyquil. For example, if your head hurts because you just got in a car accident, you do not take Nyquil, sure it's for headaches, but headaches associated to a cold or flu. So at least be sick first.

So what's up with Nyquil anyway?
I find it to be positively NASTY. But it works, and since it is only one shot, or maybe as high as three, a day, just swallow as fast as you can. Nyquil is completely bitter. It is not the kind of shot you want to do. I'd rather suck a lime.

Does it work?
For me it does. Will it work for you? Who knows, I'm not here to prescribe you medicine. It generally kicks in for me about an hour and a half after I toss back my shot of this blue/green medicine.
Sadly, it only seems effective for about 4 hours, which is neither an entire nights sleep, or an entire day. But, it appears correct, as you are able to take a dose once every 6 hours according to the manufacturer. That works out to me being right on schedule. One hour to an hour and a half till it starts working, then 4 hours of effective relief. Then, it's almost time to take it again. I will note, that if I have a runny nose, it generally only clears one side, they both seem to stop running, but they sure aren't clear as normal. Coughing generally completely stops, and headaches seem to go away also.

What Nyquil seems to do is really dry you up. Perhaps it is the alcohol. Whatever it does, it does a good job for me.

I actually had a friend who drank so much of this stuff, and Robitussin when he was young. He started drinking early, and since he couldn't buy alcohol, he turned to medicines with alcohol in them. He ended up in rehab, and is doing fine now, but note to parents, if you see your kid constantly sucking down the Nyquil, he or she may have a bit of a problem.

Which brings me to my final point, if you are on any medications, consult your doctor before using this medication. Don't even take this medicine if you have a number of ailments, including high blood pressure, coughing associated with smoking, thyroid disease, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or an enlarged prostate gland. Check with the doctor.

One last thing, Do not serve this on the rocks. Store at room temperature.


Recommend this product? Yes

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