Vicks NyQuil Liquid

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The Keep you Awake Medicine: When you Really Need Some Sleep

Oct 10, 2000
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Pros:none

Cons:keeps me awake, too much money, didn't help any of my symptoms, and tastes awful

A few years ago I was experiencing some very awful cold symptoms. When I would lie down to go to sleep I had trouble breathing, a bad cough, and I was all congested in my chest. So I needed something to help me sleep through the night and just generally feel better. I decided to go out and buy Vicks Nyquil just so I could get some sleep. This was a big mistake. It did absolutely nothing for me and I still got no sleep.

What Vicks Nyquil is supposed to do for you

Vicks Nyquil is supposed to temporarily reduce the common cold flu symptoms such as minor aches, pains, headache, muscle ache, sore throat pain, fever, runny noise and sneezing, nasal congestion, and cough. In my experience it did none of these things. I still felt miserable.

Flavor
The Vicks Nyquil comes in two different flavor, black licorice and cherry. I have tried both these flavors. The black licorice does taste like black licorice, which I do not like at all. The cherry most definitely does not taste like cherry. I got this hoping it would be a taste I liked since I donít like black licorice, but I didnít like it. It has too much of an alcohol taste to it with a tad of cherry flavoring. Of course when you have a cold and your senses are all out of whack you certainly can not taste that touch of cherry flavor that is supposed to be in Nyquil. All you get is a horrible alcohol taste. So not only was I still feeling lousy after taking this, but I also had an awful taste left in my mouth from this that would not go away.

Directions for use

This product is only recommended for adults twelve years and older. You are to take two tablespoons, repeat every six hours. You are not to take more than four doses in a day. Do not mix Nyquil and Dayquil, if you do limit to four doses per day.

Active Ingredients

This product contains an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, pain reliever, nasal decongestant, and fever reducer. So it is an all in one cold medicine that doesnít work.

Warnings

The obvious warnings are not to exceed recommended dosage or to use this product with another acetaminophen. If you begin feeling dizzy, nervous, or sleepless then discontinue use and call a doctor. Also do not take without doctors permission if you have any sort of heart problem, breathing problem, thyroid problem, glaucoma, or diabetes.

Considering that this product contains ten percent of alcohol (an inactive ingredient) you should not have more than two alcoholic beverages while using this medication. Also do not use other pain relievers with this drug.

Considering that for most people this drug would cause drowsiness it is recommended that you not drive or use any kind of heavy machinery. This could be very dangerous. This is also not recommended for children under the age of twelve. Make sure you consult your doctor if you are on any kind of prescription medicine, especially ones for psychiatric disorders and sedatives.

Will I use this again?

I will most definitely not use this product again. It did nothing for my symptoms, and since you canít take any other kind of pain reliever while using this drug I was left in discomfort for six hours. That was six hours of sleep I could have gotten, but didnít because this product didnít work for me. When I have a cold I just use Tylenol and some nasal spray so I can breathe during the night. Also I will occasionally use a vaporizer to help me breath at night. I get much more sleep this way than I do when I tried Nyquil this one time. This way I am saving myself at least six bucks and I can get a somewhat decent night sleep.



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