Nyquil is a cold remedy that can be taken without a doctor’s prescription and contains various ingredients that include some potentially dangerous drugs. Nyquil is usually taken to treat allergic reactions, influenza, bronchitis and sinusitis. Nyquil functions, in part, by slowing down the brain’s activities.
This medication is composed of decongestants, acetaminophen, and dextromethorphan, among other substances. When taken in the recommended amount, the drug is safe. However, abusing Nyquil can result in severe side effects, some of which may potentially lead to death. The first of the long-term symptoms of Nyquil addiction is tolerance. The addict becomes physically or psychologically dependent on Nyquil.
Nyquil addiction symptoms are noticeable when the addicted user cannot easily access drug. The individual may find themselves unable to perform simple tasks without taking the drug. Many people abuse Nyquil just to get ‘high’. They continue to consume large quantities of the drug in an effort to experience certain desirable effects, despite the potential harm caused.
Some initial Nyquil addiction symptoms may include lying and stealing. Abusers may lie about the amount of Nyquil consumed and hide some to use when the supply is low. When addicts do not have money to purchase the drug, they may steal from family members.
More advanced Nyquil addiction symptoms include euphoric and dissociative side effects. The abuser can experience massive loss of memory due to hallucinations, as the drug affects the brain leading to mental instability. Other more advanced Nyquil addiction symptoms are uncontrollable emotions and anxiety.
When Nyquil addiction symptoms become even more severe, the addict may have sleepless nights due to nightmares, and feel sleepy during the day. Some abusers may exhibit signs of aggression and violence. The addicts may also abandon hobbies they initially enjoyed. They may feel depressed when the effects of the drug begin to subside, and some abusers may start developing suicidal thoughts.
They experience irregular heartbeats and an increased heart rate. The breathing rate is slower. The addict may experience a loss of appetite, leading to malnutrition. On some occasions, Nyquil addiction symptoms may include:
The addicts may also experience flu-like symptoms. The most common Nyquil addiction symptoms are elevated blood pressure, impaired vision, chest pains and seizure. The color of urine changes to a dark color while that of stools is clay-colored.
The eyes and skin become yellowish in color. Addicts experience nausea that leads to vomiting. They may feel pain in their joints and muscles. Addicts also experience numbness at the ends of their limbs. A feeling of drowsiness is also a common Nyquil addiction symptom. They also experience irregular bowel movements leading to constipation.
Diarrhea is also common for Nyquil addicts. Addicts may experience panic attacks that are mainly due to elevated blood pressure and heart rate, with the pulse reaching over 120 beats per minute. The addict can also experience allergic reactions leading to skin itches and rashes.
Dealing with a severe Nyquil addiction is not simple and should be done under with the guidance and support of a medical expert.