Nyquil and Unisom? OK together? ?

jeremy Asked: Nyquil and Unisom? OK together? ?

Is it okay to take both of these together? I have diagnosed insomnia and am prescribed ambien for daily use. I ran out 2 weeks ago and I have not slept in 2 nights. I bought the unisom to attempt replacing the ambien temporarily, and the I actually have a pretty bad chest cold at the same time. Hence the nyquil. I've read both that it is and isn't good to combine. No common ingredients between the 2 from what I can see. Please help. It's getting late in my timezone and i have work tomorrow. Lol


angrygirl Answered:
No, No, No!Please do not take Nyquil and Unisom together- it is not safe for you.I will explain.Unisom, depending on the dosage strength you bought, has either doxylamine succinate (25 mg) or diphenhydramine HCl (50 mg).These are both commonly used over-the-counter sleep aids/antihistamines.Nyquil ALSO has an over-the-counter sleep aid in it- Doxylamine succinate again!

So, if you were to take both Nyquil and Unisom together, you are getting too much sleep aid/antihistamine.Doesn't matter if its a combo of diphenhydramine and doxylamine, or all doxylamine.Too much sleep aid, at best, will cause you to be sick and hung over in the morning, or at worst, can cause depressed breathing and lead to death.

Don't mean to scare you, but you need to know the danger here.Ifyou are running a cold, I recommend the Nyquil only.You will be able to sleep with this.

Good luck and feel better!-Stacy

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