Drinking on DayQuil: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally drink alcohol while taking DayQuil, you may experience liver damage, drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.

DayQuil is a cold and flu medicine that contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and phenylephrine.

It is used to relieve pain, fever, cough, and congestion during the day.

If you accidentally drink alcohol while taking DayQuil, you may experience serious side effects such as liver damage, drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.

This is because alcohol and DayQuil both have sedative properties and can interact with each other in harmful ways.

Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if taken in high doses or with alcohol.

Dextromethorphan can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired coordination if taken with alcohol.

Phenylephrine can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate if taken with alcohol.

It is quite uncommon to drink alcohol while taking DayQuil, as most people are aware of the potential dangers and warnings on the label.

However, some people may not realize that they are still taking DayQuil when they drink alcohol, or they may underestimate the effects of the combination.

You can prevent serious complications by avoiding alcohol consumption completely while taking DayQuil.

If you have already drunk alcohol while taking DayQuil, you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience any signs of liver damage, such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, or abdominal pain.

You should also monitor your blood pressure and heart rate, and avoid driving or operating machinery.

To avoid accidental drinking of alcohol while taking DayQuil, you should read the label carefully and follow the dosing instructions.

You should also inform your doctor and pharmacist about all the medications you are taking, including DayQuil, and ask them about any possible interactions with alcohol.

You should also store DayQuil and alcohol separately and out of reach of children.

Finally, remember, DayQuil is a medication that should be used only as directed and for a short period of time.

It is not a substitute for proper rest and hydration, which are essential for recovering from a cold or flu.

Drinking alcohol while taking DayQuil can worsen your symptoms and cause serious harm to your health.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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