Trade name: NyQuil
Generic names: Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan, Doxylamine succinate
Indication and Usage: This over-the-counter medication is intended to temporarily relieve common cold/flu symptoms. Most OTC drugs are not reviewed and approved by FDA, however they may be marketed if they comply with applicable regulations and policies. FDA has not evaluated whether this product complies.
Ingredients: acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, alcohol, citric acid, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No.1, flavor, glycerin, propylene glycol, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sorbitol, and sucralose.
Manufacturer-listed adverse reactions | The label for Nyquil lists severe liver damage and severe skin reactions including skin reddening, blisters, and rash as potential adverse reactions. The NIH lists the following potential reactions for the active ingredients in NyQuil:
Acetaminophen can cause: Red, peeling or blistering skin, Rash, Difficulty breathing or swallowing, Hives, Itching, Hoarseness, and Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
Dextromethorphan can cause: Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Drowsiness, Restlessness, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach pain, Nervousness, Restlessness, and Rash.
Doxylamine can cause: Dry mouth, nose, and throat, Drowsiness, Nausea, Increased chest congestion, Headache, Excitement, Vision problems, Difficulty urinating, and Nervousness.
Some NyQuil products contain phenylephrine which can cause: nervousness, dizziness, and sleepiness.
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For alternatives to NyQuil, see the recommended alternative products for Flu, Tylenol, as well as the immunity products under the First Trimester section and the medicine cabinet products in the Postpartum for Baby section of the Motherhood Guide.