What Should People Know About Addiction to NyQuil?

NyQuil is a popular medicine that people take over-the-counter for colds, flu, and other allergies. People use medicine to relieve symptoms before they get worse, which also helps them sleep better at night. It is not advised kids take this medicine, but teens and adults are usually the ones who take the medicine. Some of the ingredients, acetaminophen, and doxylamine, work to relieve sneezing, sore throat, and reduce fever or chills. Doxylamine helps people sleep but may cause day-time drowsiness in some people. Find out why people who take medicine may end up becoming addicted and how to seek help.

Risks and Side Effects

There can be side effects with any drug, including NyQuil, depending on how it is used. It is a dangerous drug when people take it other than intended. The most likely side-effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Stomach pain

People who use NyQuil should only take it as prescribed because some of the more severe side effects come from taking too much of the drug or for other reasons than intended. Liver damage can arise from the use of acetaminophen. Some people may lose consciousness if they take too much NyQuil on a regular basis. Others may suffer from allergic reactions, which will usually pop up right away and include hives, itching, difficulty swallowing, and swelling.

Addictive Properties

The misuse of NyQuil is not common, but it does happen. There is a likelihood for some to develop tolerance to it. Whether the person takes too much or not using it for the right reasons, the medication is for short-term use only. Some may take it as a sleep aid because they find it is the only way they sleep better at night. Others may use it for chronic conditions like asthma for which it is not intended. There are yet others who will use it recreationally because they like how they feel when they take it. Some of the addictive properties of NyQuil include:

  • Alcohol content with some versions
  • Dextromethorphan can be hallucinogenic with side effects similar to ketamine and PCP
  • Doxylamine Succinate can cause hallucinations, seizures, and cardio-respiratory arrest

Some people may not be able to tolerate NyQuil for long periods, but others may find they use it to help them sleep, then graduate to addiction over time, and even find it becomes a gateway drug to using other things like alcohol. Using both this drug and alcohol can lead to serious health consequences, including death. There is a risk to the liver, as well, when higher doses of the drug are used for a long period of time. As with any drug, there can be serious consequences to overuse and long-term use. Withdrawal symptoms may come up when trying to quit after the body is used to the drug. This may include anxiety, chills, depression, stomach pain, and nausea. These symptoms may prevent someone from achieving a healthy recovery but it should not stop someone seeking help who needs it.

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