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Hooked On NyQuil: Can Taking This Over-the-Counter Sleep Aid Turn Into An Addiction? – Stories From A ‘Lean’ Drinker

What is NyQuil?

NyQuil is an over-the-counter medication sold at a local drug store. The primary job of this popular sleep aid is relieving pain, fever, flu symptoms, allergies, and the common cold.

Most people take this over-the-counter drug for health reasons, but some abuses it to get ‘high’.

Anyone who has trouble falling asleep will have likely purchase this over-the-counter drug from the store at one point in their life.

Many people buy the medication without thinking twice about the possible side effects because their goal is to relieve symptoms, while an addict’s goal is to get high.

They think, “Oh, since this product is sold in the drug store and over the counter without a prescription, then it must be ok to take.” Therefore, they don’t think twice about taking an excessive amount.

This same thinking plagues an addicted mind and obsessive personality who will drink the medicine excessively and think it is perfectly ok because the “doctors say so.”

Similarly, some addicts travel to Florida to get a prescription filled by a ‘doctor’ at a ‘pain clinic.’ They think to themselves, “If this ‘pain doctor’ prescribed it, then it must be ok!” Nothing can be further from the truth.

However, knowing the ingredients of NyQuil will give you a better understanding of why a person might become addicted in the first place.

If you feel like you have a dependency on NyQuil, call the posted phone number to get help. You will get connected with a substance abuse rehabilitation facility near you designed to help you tackle NyQuil dependency.

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What is the major ingredient in Nyquil that makes it potentially addictive?

As a general knowledge, kids cannot take NyQuil because of a major ingredient: alcohol.

When you take a look at the average NyQuil bottle, it says 10% alcohol. That amount might not seem like much to the average person, but it is enough to produce a strong reaction that feels like a ‘high’ to a kid. And to an addict, it’s more than enough to give them a bump.

The amount of alcohol is there to help relieve the pain, fever, sore throat, minor aches, and pain. Because the manufacturers expect people to take this product in small amounts, which justifies the amount of alcohol in there to numbs those feelings.

Just like how alcohol removes emotional and physical pain, the internal damage is invincibly there. A person using Nyquil will abuse it to feel those “relaxed” effects.

One should drink plenty of fluids when taking NyQuil to reduce those uncomfortable effects. Additionally, one should measure the amount of NyQuil they are taking, in general, to ensure they are not taking too much. This reason is why many NyQuil bottles come with a measuring cup. A person who is addicted to NyQuil does not care about these recommended dose limitations.

To reiterate: children should not take NyQuil. This recommendation is one reason persons under 18 cannot purchase this product over the counter. Adults are required to show ID when they make the purchase. Teens who fell down the wrong path of drug abuse will sometimes get older people to purchase the NyQuil medicine for them, which is illegal for both parties. If caught, they could face jail time, which creates more issues for both people.

What makes NyQuil so dangerous is the fact that there is no prescription required to purchase. Other highly addictive narcotics like oxycodone require a prescription and are usually locked in a container for this reason.

What Does NyQuil Feel Like? An Experience of Taking NyQuil For Pleasure

We interviewed someone addicted to a ‘lean’ NyQuil mixture substance, and we asked him how taking NyQuil for pleasure feels like.

Here is his testimonial:

Johnny Q, Hawthorne, CA

So, my cousin told me that those drunks on the corner would take Nyquil if they got no money for liquor. It helps them to ‘curb they appetite’ is what he told me. You know, it’s a cheaper way for a drunk to feel something.

First, I wanna say, it took me a very long time to realize I was addicted to NyQuil. I used to take it with Lean (also known as the Purple Drink or Syrup). Pop some jolly ranchers in there with some juice or soda to give it some taste because the NyQuil does not taste so good. The name “lean” came from like the nodding you see in heroin addicts because it will definitely have you doing the dope-fiend ‘lean’.

See, codeine is becoming illegal around the country because rappers talk about it so much, so the government got to make a statement, now the stuff sells for like hundreds to thousands of dollars. It’s harder to get your hands on it. So, these dudes who still want that codeine high are looking for anything that got that DMX (DXM) stuff in it. It’s called dex-dro-methalmine (dextromethorphan), something like that. And we found out that the DMX (DXM) stuff is in NyQuil Robitussin, all that over the counter cough medicine. So a light bulb goes off in these dudes heads that they can get high with it. And the high it gives you is just like the one you get from hallucinogens. You start seeing stuff that ain’t there. It’s a trip.

When I drank lean mixed with the Quil’, I was relaxed, sleepy, it felt like I was high off of opiates or something. My ‘world’ felt different, man, like I was high, but it wasn’t a strong high. It was more like a ‘relaxing’ high. Something I definitely wanted to feel again. I started doing it more and more. It would eat up my money. I would borrow from whoever I can to get the stuff. Weed didn’t have me like this. But the pain was gone.

I could walk in the store and get Nyquil just like that (snaps finger). I had to show my ID and if they got someone under 21 working the register, she would call over someone that was 21 or older. It was annoying.

Sometimes I used to steal it too. The buzzer would at the door would go off, and I wouldn’t run because they will remember your face. Instead, I would just stand there and look, and they always waved me off thinking that some other product was making the buzzer ring. Some places got the stuff locked up in a case.

I still drink the lean from time to time, but haven’t gotten help for it yet. Maybe you’ll push me to do it.

I would pour up from boredom and don’t do it as often.

Anyway, for all the people out there, don’t be like me. Don’t do it. Go to school, learn something. Do something significant with your life. Live your best life. If you feel like you are hooked on this stuff get help, man.

If you find Johnny’s situation similar to yours, then get help today.

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NyQuil Addiction: Breakdown of Ingredients

NyQuil has mind-altering ingredients that directly affects the brain.

  • Acetaminophen – This analgesic is in Tylenol and Robitussin. It will treat any form of mild pain and is used to reduce fevers.
  • Dextromethorphan – This ingredient has the same effect as a hallucinogen. Taken as a large enough dose can deliver a “high” feeling. Constant substance abuse of this ingredient can create psychosis, and reality becomes distorted.
  • Alcohol – Liquid tablets of NyQuil have 10% alcohol.
  • Doxylamine Succinate – This is an antihistamine that fights drowsiness.
  • HBr

All of these ingredients have their fair share of side effects:

  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations

Possible serious side effects:

  • Rushing heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Seizures

Possible allergic reactions:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Breathing issues

If you experienced any of these, contact your primary healthcare professional immediately or call 911.

*Only take NyQuil in the amount prescribed by a doctor or recommended in the instructions.

As with any substance, getting high using NyQuil can lead to various issues:

  • Liver disease
  • kidney problems
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Thyroid
  • Urination problems

Can you get arrested carrying NyQuil?

  • If you are pulled over for a DUI and have taken large amounts of NyQuil, it can result in a false positive during a breathalyzer test. Therefore, you can get arrested.
  • Persons under 21 can get arrested if they are caught with NyQuil in their possession.

Signs of NyQuil Overdose

  • Passing out
  • Breathing troubles
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • No appetite
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Again, call 911 or consult your doctor immediately if you feel any of these symptoms.

Kick Your NyQuil Addiction Today

You won’t have to suffer anymore if you kick your NyQuil addiction right now.

NyQuil is an over-the-counter medication used to help people, not hurt them. Abusing this substance is hurting yourself. If you cannot control the amount you consume, then you have a problem. Getting professional help is the only way to solve it at this point.

Going through detox of any drug is a scary thing. Professionals are there to comfort the experience. Call today to find out how you can save your life.

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