Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking NyQuil

Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking NyQuil?

Nyquil (Zyprexa) is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression. It’s been around since the 1970s. A common misconception is that it doesn’t cause any problems with alcohol consumption. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind before drinking alcohol while taking Nyquil:

1) Do not take more than one tablet per day!

2) If you’re on other medications, consult your doctor first.

Some of these may interact with Nyquil.

3) Don’t drink more than two drinks per day for women or three drinks per day for men.

For example, if you normally have a beer or glass of wine every now and then, do not exceed those limits with Nyquil. Also, don’t combine this medication with other drugs such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

4) Never drive after taking Nyquil.

Even if you feel fine, you could lose control of your vehicle.

5) If you’re pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor before using this medication.

There are some possible side effects that may affect the baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about how this medication will affect your family members’ well being.

What happens when you mix alcohol and Nyquil?

Even though Nyquil is safe and effective when taken as directed, mixing Nyquil with alcohol can cause some negative side effects such as:




Blurred vision, and


Make sure to avoid any type of task that requires your full attention if you’ve been drinking while taking Nyquil. Always make sure you have a designated driver or take public transportation home.

What if I’ve already mixed alcohol and Nyquil?

If you’re reading this, it may be too late. Try to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. The side effects should pass in a few hours. If you’re experiencing severe side effects, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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