NyQuil "Addiction"...?!

Question: NyQuil "Addiction"....?
I know it sounds...pathetic, but I have been using NyQuil to help me to go to sleep for the past year and 8 months or so almost every single night without exception. I know this is just terrible for my body and I really want to quit but I need to know if it will benefit me to ween myself off instead off quitting all at once. I know NyQuil is 10% alcohol so would I follow the same guidelines as an alcoholic.? Thanks for the help!Health Question & Answer

believe it or not, you can be addicted to over the counter medicines. it can also be very dangerous. even though it helps you sleep, nyquil is not a sleep aid. try taking benadryl or Unison. they should help. but it is important that you stop using nyquil every night. you shouldn't have any withdraws from quiting. and by the way, alcohol will not help you sleep. it makes you tired, but it can also cause restless sleep. prescriptions medicines can be used in severe cases, but they can also be very addictive. it sounds cliche, but try meditation, eating better, and exercise if you cant sleep. but it sounds like your problem isn't needing sleep, it sounds like you may have an addictive personality. its nothing to be ashamed of, but you need to take control and realize that you don't need anything to help you get to sleep. bottom line. GET OF THE NYQUIL. its not worth itHealth Question & Answer

I too use NyQuil to sleep sometimes. I don't use it every night, but perhaps you could talk with your doctor about a different sleep aid. There are some great options out there, Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that you could try too. Anyway...I don't think you are an alcoholic per say. Or possibly you could just take a couple Benadryl at night instead of the NyQuil...it is also a hypnotic/antihistamine...then maybe one night try not taking it. Benadryl doesn't have the cough suppressant or Tylenol (acetaminophen) in it.Health Question & Answer

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