Yes. Although the cough medication and NyQuil may have additive sedative effects, you would have noticed this by now. You should not operate heavy machinery, such as an automobile, until you have determined how this combination will effect you. Driving a car can be very dangerous if you are tired or sleepy.
Take the recommended dose of each product separately, then wait at least 30 minutes before taking the next one. Don't exceed the recommended dosage for either product. If you experience any side effects, call your doctor or poison control center immediately.
It is not a good idea to take NyQuil (nighttime cold treatment) and drive to work. When paired with an antihistamine, the alcohol in NyQuil (25%) can be highly sedating. Having a cup of coffee will not necessarily address your difficulties with response speed and judgment.
NyQuil contains acetominophen (also found in Tylenol), which is also used as a generic term for medications that have pain-reducing properties. It works by blocking the activity of certain enzymes needed to produce pain signals in the brain. Coffee has similar effects; it just does so through different means. The caffeine in coffee triggers receptors in the brain that trigger the same reaction as the acetaminophen in NyQuil.
Taking both drugs at the same time could cause you to feel too relaxed or sleep too much. Drinking coffee after taking the NyQuil will not kill you, but it's not recommended. The combination of these two common medications can lead to serious side effects. If you are going to drink coffee after taking NyQuil, do so cautiously until you know how it will affect you together.
A analysis of research revealed little evidence that typical over-the-counter medications aid in coughing. This includes cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan, which blocks your cough reflex, and expectorants such as guaifenesin, which is believed to release mucus in the airways. There are two exceptions: Codeine can help relieve pain caused by coughing or swallowing and diphenhydramine (also known as Benadryl) can reduce a severe cough.
The best option for treating a cough is usually an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These medications will reduce fever and pain while helping you sleep better at night. They'll also decrease the amount of fluid in your lungs which may lead to fewer infections and breathing problems down the road.
If you have chronic bronchitis, avoid using these types of cough medicines because they won't cure your cold or flu. You should see improvements within a few days of starting treatment though if you're not sick yet, it's not too late. Just make sure you don't have any allergies to any ingredients in the medication; if you do, find another brand that doesn't have that particular ingredient.
Cough medicines should never be used as a substitute for seeing a doctor for medical issues such as colds or flus.
The cough reflex is suppressed with dextromethorphan, a relatively mild opiate. Decongestants include pseudoephedrine and similar compounds. They reduce mucus production while increasing blood pressure and causing discomfort from over-drying. Guaifenesin, an expectorant, has the ability to relax secretions. Codeine is found in many medications, including Robitussin and Tylenol #3. It has analgesic and antitussive properties but also causes drowsiness.
Cough drops are easy to use and provide fast relief of cough symptoms. However, they contain caffeine which can cause jittery feelings and anxiety attacks in some people. Also, many commercial cough drops contain large amounts of sugar which may lead to more frequent vomiting episodes as well as increase your body's need for oxygen. Cough syrup is much stronger than cough drops and contains ingredients such as codeine or dextromethorphan that can be used to treat serious illnesses such as cancer pain or cluster headaches.
See your doctor if you experience excessive sweating, confusion, irritability, rapid heart rate, or lightheadedness when taking any medication. These are all signs of a possible side effect called polypharmacy. Being on multiple medications at once can lead to adverse reactions when combinations of drugs work together to produce a positive result (e.g., reducing fever) or a negative one (e.g., increasing heart rate).
When taken as directed, cough syrup is perfectly safe (and beneficial). When you take too much—intentionally or unintentionally—it produces a high, similar to some illegal substances. Some are riskier than others, particularly if you have teenagers or small children at home. The best course of action if you're taking cough syrup and want to stop is to stop taking it. Either that or wait until you're done with the bottle.
Cough syrups contain chemicals known as opioid painkillers. They work by binding to receptors inside your body that trigger the sensation of sleepiness and calmness. That's why they work well against coughs and colds: Both symptoms can leave you exhausted and require little effort from your part. Cough medicines that use codeine are the most effective at reducing pain while keeping you asleep, so don't worry about taking one every day. It's not going to hurt you or damage your organs.
However, if you're taking more than two doses a day or if you're under the age of 18, then you should probably stop. Your doctor may have you try other medications or treatments, such as humidifying your house or using an air conditioner, to ease your symptoms.
Overall, if you need cough syrup to get through the night then it's not too many a day.
Be careful when choosing any combination product (such as NyQuil) for allergies or a cough and cold because many of them contain sedating antihistamines. If you're taking more than one medication, ask your doctor what kind of risk you are putting yourself at by doing so.
Dextromethorphan is a cough reliever. It works by suppressing brain messages that cause coughing. Although most adverse effects are minor, they might include: The following Nyquil products include dextromethorphan HBr: Nyquil Severe Cough, Cold, and Flu Relief at Night (Liquids, LiquiCaps, and VapoCool Caplets)_.
It is not recommended to use NyQuil as a sleep aid. NyQuil may cause sleep disruption, anxiety, and breathing difficulties. If you rely on NyQuil for sleep, you may become reliant and addicted to it.