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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I took sudfed about hours ago can I take some nyquil for tonight to help me sleep?

I took sudfed about hours ago can I take some nyquil for tonight to help me sleep?

Sleep: Why? You have not told us anything about yourself, not even your age or medical history or medications or what your symptoms are and why you are taking the sudafed and nyquil. You are probably congested but we don't know what else is going on. I would not recommend taking those medications so close together. The more info you share with us, the more useful the response will be. ...Read more

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I took some Neo Citran about 2 and a half hours ago. Would it be safe to take NyQuil tables now to help me sleep?

I took some Neo Citran about 2 and a half hours ago. Would it be safe to take NyQuil tables now to help me sleep?

Hard to say: There are a number of different NyQuil formulations & a number of different Neocitran formulations. I am sure that there is a lot of overlap in the products - but can't determine what they are without more specific product information. ...Read more

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Nyquil cough...How long will it put you to sleep?

Nyquil cough...How long will it put you to sleep?

Up to 6 hours averag: It causes up to 6 hours of sleep on average, but beware that some people are more sensitive to the sedating properties andalusia sleep longer. Dinky drive or operate machinery unless you are wide awake. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give a 20 month old Nyquil to help her sleep?

Is it okay to give a 20 month old Nyquil to help her sleep?

No: I do not advise giving drugs of any kind to induce sleep for infants and young children. If your 20 months infant is having trouble sleeping the best thing to do is to consult with the baby's pediatrician as there may be something correctable that is interfering with a normal sleeping pattern for this child. ...Read more

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Can I take Vicks nyquil capsules to sleep the night to gain relief from toothache?!

Can I take Vicks nyquil capsules to sleep the night to gain relief from toothache?!

Sure...: I do not think this is going to get rid of a toothache. Tooth that is waking you at night might need a root canal treatment. You might want to contact your dentist early in the morning. ...Read more

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I took my kids to the doctor and gave them a sterdio med but I forgot and gave them NyQuil by accident cause she could sleep?

I took my kids to the doctor and gave them a sterdio med but I forgot and gave them NyQuil by accident cause she could sleep?

Take your meds!: The best of us forget things, but if your doctor wants your child to take a medicine, you should give it. Over the counter medicines are generally OK for kids over 6, but your have to pay attention to the dosing so that it doesn't harm them, and definitely don't combine 2 different medicines. NyQuil does help kids sleep, but if your child has asthma, watch their breathing pattern closely. ...Read more

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Can I take NyQuil with virtussin. I have a really bad cough and I need some relief to sleep. I've already taken the virtussin but it hasn't helped.

Can I take NyQuil with virtussin. I have a really bad cough and I need some relief to sleep. I've already taken the virtussin but it hasn't helped.

NO: If it is the virtussin with codeine you are taking too much medicine. This already guaifenesin and psuedoephridine in it. There are similar products in the nyquil. If your cough is that bad you need to see your doctor ...Read more

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I just love how nyquil knocks me right out and so much easier than trying to go to sleep normally. It usually takes me like 1-2 hours to fall asleep n I don't know why? Ideas?

I just love how nyquil knocks me right out and so much easier than trying to go to sleep normally. It usually takes me like 1-2 hours to fall asleep n I don't know why? Ideas?

Sleep medicines: Medications such as nyquill can accumulate in your body and go on to develop morning tiredness. Try melatonin, a natural substance that your brain produces to regulate your sleep cycle. It does not accumulate and most people will sleep through the night. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take NyQUIL at daytime if you have fever? And not sleep right after?

Is it ok to take NyQUIL at daytime if you have fever? And not sleep right after?

Yes, but NyQuil has: An antihistamine in its ingredients that usually makes people very drowsy, so it would not be safe to drive or use equipment that requires alertness. If fever is the only symptom, then Ibuprofen or acetaminophen would be a better choice. ...Read more

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Why does nyquil make me sleep better than a shot of liquor when nyquil has less alcohol?

Why does nyquil make me sleep better than a shot of liquor when nyquil has less alcohol?

Synergistic effect: Nyquil has other sedating ingredients, primarily a sedating antihistamine, combine that with alcohol and the two are more sedating than either one by itself. People with history of addictions should avoid nyquil. Becareful if your are using it for only sleep, and alcohol for that matter. Alcohol actually makes sleep quality worse. ...Read more

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When I lay down my coughing gets way worse. I've had NO sleep because of it, I take benzonatate, can I mix with nyquil?

When I lay down my coughing gets way worse. I've had NO sleep because of it, I take benzonatate, can I mix with nyquil?

Get checked: You may have more than just a simple cough. I would suggest you be checked by your physician to erliminate any problems before they become serious. Could be nothing but why guess?
good luck ...Read more

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Can somebody be addicted to nyquil to help them sleep if so what can they do to stop?

Can somebody be addicted to nyquil to help them sleep if so what can they do to stop?

Nyquil addiction: People can become addicted to nyquil.

If you are unable to stop on your own then discuss it with your primary care doctor and he/she can assist you. ...Read more

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I've been drinking champagne (i had 1 whole bottle) but have a really bad cold and want to take nyquil before I sleep in a hour or two. Will I be ok?

I've been drinking champagne (i had 1 whole bottle) but have a really bad cold and want to take nyquil before I sleep in a hour or two. Will I be ok?

No Nyquil 2nite: You really don't need more alcohol tonight and Nyquil has that and other things that don't do well when soused.
After already drinking that much you should sleep OK even with a bad cold.
Drink a lot of water now. It may be good for the cold and may help with the dehydrating effects of the booze. Don't expect to feel too hot in the AM. ...Read more

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Nyquil makes me really sick to my stomach.... What do I do? I'm sick and need sleep

Nyquil makes me really sick to my stomach.... What do I do? I'm sick and need sleep

Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Most nyquil preparations contain dextromethorphan which can cause nausea. You could just take otc Diphenhydramine (benadryl) which is a sedating antihistamine, and will help with some of the symptoms as well as with sleep. ...Read more

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I took cheratussin ac at 10 pm. It is now almost 3am and I can't sleep due to coughing. Is it safe to take NyQuil if it's only been 5 hrs?

I took cheratussin ac at 10 pm. It is now almost 3am and I can't sleep due to coughing. Is it safe to take NyQuil if it's only been 5 hrs?

Yes: The first med you took contained codeine and you almost certainly took too low a dose as evidenced by the fact that you are still coughing. More importantly you have to find out why you're coughing. See your doc today! ...Read more

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I took naproxen 500mg n hr ago can I take nyquil now? I don't feel good at all n can't sleep.

I took naproxen 500mg n hr ago can I take nyquil now? I don't feel good at all n can't sleep.

Pain caused insomnia: You are taking Naproxen an NSAID should not interfere with nyquil for sleep. Read the label for any warnings. I am not totally familiar with otc nyquil. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have a horrid cold/flu thing. I have fever. I want 2 take nyquil but already took ambien (zolpidem). Will this put me to dead sleep? I surely don't want that!

I have a horrid cold/flu thing. I have fever. I want 2 take nyquil but already took ambien (zolpidem). Will this put me to dead sleep? I surely don't want that!

Bad idea!: Nyquil is 25% alcohol! drinking alcohol on top of taking Ambien (zolpidem) could be a dangerous cocktail, indeed. Accidental overdoses can occur in situations such as these so good call asking the question. ...Read more

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I've been sick with strep throat I am now better but I can't sleep at night so I took nyquil. But then I slept all day. Now I can't sleep what can I do?

I've been sick with strep throat I am now better but I can't sleep at night so I took nyquil. But then I slept all day. Now I can't sleep what can I do?

Regular schedule: Good sleep hygiene is important. Part is going to sleep and waking at a consistent time, avoiding sleep medications or sedatives such as the antihistamines in otc meds. You might consider melatonin to help restore the sleep cycle which is normally used by the brain for this reason. If you still have problems see sleep specialist. ...Read more

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If I took my RX of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) @3pm & its 11pm now is it safe to take NyQuil. I can't sleep due to my chest congestion & coughing I've been up 40hr now?

If I took my RX of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) @3pm & its 11pm now is it safe to take NyQuil. I can't sleep due to my chest congestion & coughing I've been up 40hr now?

No, there are drug: Interactions between the components of the various Nyquil products & Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Also, some of the components dry & thicken secretions & suppress cough, leading to greater risk of pneumonia. See your doctor in AM or go to a hospital ER now if you have wheezing or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes. Could I take nyquil to help me sleep?

I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes. Could I take nyquil to help me sleep?

Yes you can: Yes you can take extra nyquil. You might also want to try otc allergy eye drops to help relieved your eye symptoms. However, those are weak medications and only work for mild symptoms. At this stage, it would be better if you seek professional help to treat your symptoms more appropriately to prevent you from getting a sinusitis. ...Read more

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Can I mix NyQuil with meletonon to sleep. Or even trazadone. I took NyQuil but can fall asleep. Are they safe together?

Can I mix NyQuil with meletonon to sleep. Or even trazadone. I took NyQuil but can fall asleep. Are they safe together?

Yes: They should be ok. However there are many causes for sleep disorder and you should consider seeing your doctor if this is a long term problem. In the meanwhile, try no caffeine after noon, no bright light exposure or exercise 2 hrs before bedtime. ...Read more

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I took 10 ml of robutusin dm an hour ago and two bennedryl. I am hacking my head off and want something to help me sleep. When can I take NyQuil safe?

I took 10 ml of robutusin dm an hour ago and two bennedryl. I am hacking my head off and want something to help me sleep. When can I take NyQuil safe?

Coughing: How old are you and how much do you weigh? It should be safe but will help to know this information first. Consult with any of our MDs to help you get better faster. ...Read more