According to the makers of Nyquil, if patients with consuming Nyquil products drink alcoholic beverages more than 3 time once a day, they should consult with the professional healthcare. Mixing alcohol with Nyquil (some contain about 10% alcohol themselves) can cause side effects such as intoxication and drowsiness.
Nyquil is an over-the-counter medication commonly used for the relief of symptoms that occur with viral upper respiratory illnesses and allergies. There are many different formulations, for example Nyquil D, NyQuil Sinus, NyQuil Cough, and NyQuil Cold/Flu Multisymptom Relief.
The spectrum of side effects associated with each Nyquil formulation will vary slightly due to the fact that each Nyquil product contains different active ingredients. The active ingredients that are used in Nyquil products can include:
Acetaminophen– Also known as Tylenol or Paracetamol, Acetominophen is an over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer. Consistence consumption of Acetominophen in overdosing will cause severe liver injury, and it can lead to problems mixing with alcohol.
Doxylamine succinate– This ingredient is an antihistamine that is used for temporary relief of rhinorrhea, sneezing, lacrimation, itching eyes, or oronasopharyngeal itching associated with allergic rhinitis (e.g., hay fever) or other upper respiratory allergies. However, doxylamine is also very sedating and is occasionally used in the short term treatment of insomnia.
Phenylephrine– This is a nasal decongestant used in many over-the-counter syrups, capsules and nasal sprays.
Dextromethorphan– This is a very common over the counter cough suppressant.
Pseudoephedrine– This a nasal decongestant. However, due to abuse potential, formulations that contain pseudoephedrine in the United States are now available only by asking a pharmacist.
The inactive ingredients of the Nyquil preparations will vary, as will the particular combination of the above active ingredients that is used in each formula. However, there is one ingredient that is consistent through out all available formulations of Nyquil.
Mixing Nyquil and Alcohol
Alcohol is similar as Nyquil that used in relieving the pain and it can be addicted easily too. If you take Nyquil with alcohol, it is like a recipe for disaster while mixing with both addictive substances. It has been known for alcoholics to drink Nyquil during the withdrawal of alcohol addiction – just replace one addictive substance with another one.
Due to the ingredient of acetaminophen, it is recommended to avoid mixing with other products that containing acetaminophen. If you do have to, you should monitor the dosages, and stop consuming it immediately once recovered.
Nyquil abused can be highly dangerous, the side effects will be more serious especially when mixing with alcohol. It’s important to bear in mind that you should prevent all alcohol products from taking Nyquil to be safer.
Nyquil Side Effects
The ingredient that is in all Nyquil products and could, thus, most accurately be considered to represent “Nyquil” is Doxylamine succinate. This is a first generation antihistamine that is associated with numerous side effects and contraindications.
The adverse effects consistently associated with Nyquil include:
- Possible paradoxical excitement in children. Symptoms include restlessness, insomnia, tremors, euphoria, nervousness, delirium, heart palpitations, and seizures.
- Possible increased risk of dizziness, sedation, and hypotension (low blood pressure) in the elderly.
- Risk of severe drowsiness, meaning that extreme caution should be used when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.
- Possible anticholinergic effects such as dryness of mouth, nose, and throat, pain during urination, and urinary retention.
- Patients with glaucoma, respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, or difficulty urinating due to prostatic hypertrophy should consult their physician before self-treating with any Nyquil product.
This drug has many ingredients associated with a variety of side effects. In particular, the adverse affects of the main ingredient, Doxylamine succinate, should be taken into consideration when using any of the available Nyquil products.