How Long Does Nyquil Last?

While researching about Nyquil, I came across a very frequently asked question from many people, which is: how long does Nyquil last? Before I give you the correct answer, few of you might not be aware as to what Nyquil is and what does Nyquil do? Let me explain you in the below section.

How Long Does Nyquil Last

What Is Nyquil?

Nyquil is an over-the-counter medication, which is popularly called “Vicks Nyquil”. Procter & Gamble manufactures this product. Nyquil was initially marketed in the year 1996 at United States.

What Does Nyquil Do?

Nyquil is used to relieve the symptoms of common cold. Almost all the medications within Nyquil imprint contain

  • Alcohol
  • Hypnotics
  • Sedating Antihistamines

It is taken before bedtime. Usually, it puts you to sleep. On the other hand, there is also daytime counterpart that avoids drowsiness.

How Long Does Nyquil Last?

The answer on how long does Nyquil last is right over here. See below

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The sleepiness effect after taking a Nyquil dose usually lasts about 4 to 6 hours / 7 to 8 hours. And, let me also clear you that this isn’t exact. Since every human is unique, the effect may vary from one person to the other. To few, it can last more than 8 hours too.

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Know More About The Nyquil Hangover…

A common time where one goes after taking Nyquil is “cold”. You will see yourself sniffling most of the time & you just cannot sleep. Moreover, you will observe that you have a stuffy nose, making you snore & sleep with your mouth open just to breathe freely at night. So, your throat naturally ends up very sore in the mornings.

The experience starts something with this:

  • You feel tired
  • You feel achy
  • You will want to sleep no matter where you are

Now, this is exactly the time when you pop few Nyquil pills. In case, you prefer the liquid route, you rapidly experience a warm sensation in your throat. It is as if you have just taken up a shot. Somewhere from 5 to 15 minutes after, you start feeling good. Your entire body feels warm & your aches begin to fade away. Soon, your eyelids begin to droop. At this phase, temptation to sleep gets higher. However, try to RESIST because you have to sleep tonight. That expectation tends to neutralize your drowse factor & can throw your whole Nyquil experience.

Get your blankets and pillows arranged. Feel comfortable — back, side TV off, TV on or whatever it takes. Just relax and allow the induced drug to make you have a nice night sleep. No matter what but after you get up in the morning, you wish you had not taken it…

Yes, no matter how much you sleep – 6 hours, 8 hours or 9 hours – it is all the same. You will wake up as if you have been run over. Eyes still feel heavy and you will have a hard time focusing (only for a while). And this is exactly the stage, where one will turn towards caffeine. Yeah, go ahead because it is still not going to help you in any way. If you have not slept off every drop, you have no chance. Cold shower, hot shower, tea, coffee – none of these will make a difference.

The best part – even after taking Nyquil, you still feel powerless to make it for your business day. If you do, you will not be able to operate your car properly. If you still manage getting to work, you think someone will trust you handling with his or her finances? I don’t think. It is better to take complete rest for another day to get back to your original well-being. And for a cold, there is nothing better than few days of rest, cough drops, zero responsibility and tissues.

There are different versions of Nyquil. Some are listed down along with the ingredients in Nyquil. Check them out

1. Nyquil Flu/Cold Multi-Symptom Relief

The Nyquil Flu/Cold Multi-symptom Relief is a liquid version, which is available in LiquiCap and syrup form. One-half adult dose has:

  • 15 ml / 325 mg Acetaminophen (fever reducer or pain reliever)
  • 15 ml / 15 mg Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant)
  • 15 ml / 6.25 mg Doxylamine succinate (hypnotic or antihistamine)

LiquiCap capsule Nyquil version has below listed active ingredients in each pill. One-half suggested adult dose has:

  • 325 mg per pill Acetaminophen (fever reducer or pain reliever)
  • 15 mg per pill Dextromethorphan (Cough Suppressant)
  • 6.25 mg per pill Doxylamine succinate (hypnotic or antihistamine)

2. Nyquil D

Nyquil D is sold in many retail stores and pharmacies. This contains the below listed active ingredients. One-half of suggested adult dose contains:

  • 15 ml / 500 mg Acetaminophen (fever reducer or pain reliever)
  • 15 ml / 15 mg Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant)
  • 15 ml / 6.25 mg Doxylamine Succinate (hypnotic or antihistamine)
  • 15 ml / 30 mg Pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant)

3. Nyquil Cough

This has an antihistamine & cough suppressant but no painkillers. Active ingredients include:

  • 15 ml / 15 mg Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant)
  • 15 ml / 6.25 mg Doxylamine Succinate (hypnotic / antihistamine)

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