College Drugs: Codeine/NyQuil

by Jordan on July 7, 2009


Special issue- TWO DRUGS



Now what exactly is each one of these drugs?

Codeine is a weak narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone.  It blinds the receptors binds in the brain (opioid receptors) that are important for transmitting the sensation of pain throughout the body and brain.  Basically it fools the brain in thinking there is no pain being inflicted on the body.  The main purpose of this drug is to relieve pain and anxiety.  It is used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain and for suppressing cough.

Nyquil is very popular medication used to treat cold and flu symptoms.  That’s it, pretty simple!!

What are the reasons for using these drugs?

First off, codeine is a very addictive drug.  It is an addictive drug because people who use it feel a sense of euphoria, which means they have a feeling of happiness, confidence, and/or well-being.  People get a “high” off codeine.  Main reason why people take codeine for other than medical reasons is to get a quick “high”.  After all it is something different than smoking pot.

Nyquil is used just to treat a cold.  If someone cannot sleep at night they use this.  Now for us college students, the active ingredients in Nyquil are

1)    Acetaminophen 500mg (pain reliever)

2)    Dextromethorphan HBr 15mg (cough suppressant)

3)    Doxylamine succinate 6.25mg (antihistamine which stops allergic reactions)

4)    And a very small amount of alcohol- THERE YOU GO!  If you do drink enough of this, you will get drunk!

Now how exactly do I take this drug?


Codeine can come in a tablet from, in a solution (a liquid), and can be used as an injection.  The common forms of codeine are:

Tablets: 15, 30, 60 mg

Solution: 15 mg/5ml (liquid).  Commonly in a cough syrup

Injection: 15 and 30 mg/ml

The usual adult dose of codeine is 15-60 mg every 4-6 hours.

Nyquil is very easy to take, just read the directions on the bottle.  Nyquil can also be taken in a pill form.  But just in case you want to try this drug sober, these are the instructions:

Two tablespoons every 6 hours as needed for cold and flu symptoms. Do not take more than 4 doses in 24 hours. Now if you drink more, it is not good for you and there is a good chance you will get drunk.  Nyquil is similar Benadryl and if you recall in the movie Hitch with Will Smith, he had an allergic reaction and took a couple of bottles of Benadryl and he was drunk.

The most popular question- How badly will these drugs affect my wallet?

nyquil 2

Codeine is not an over the counter medication, which means you need a prescription for it.  You can probably find codeine on the streets for around $10 a pill.  Now is it worth it, well how badly do you want to get “high”.  Remember this economy is not the greatest right now.

A 6oz bottle of Nyquil will cost you around $5.  Not bad for a drug over the counter that can get you drunk and a little high.

Ok, now how fucking bad can a pain reliever and a sleep medication be? (O just wait and see!)

Now let us start with codeine.  The most common side effects are lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.  Not too bad for getting “high”, however there are always worse side effects.  However, many people have said that they get a lack of sexual drive.  Now I say again, yea you can get high, but your sexual desire might disappear.  Allergic reactions, constipation, abdominal pain, rash and itching may also occur, but these are not common side effects.  And in some cases if you overdose on this drug it can end in the result of fatality.

Ok, let us discuss Nyquil.  A normal side effect of Nyquil is drowsiness which makes sense because it helps you fall asleep.  Now comes for the bad effects.  If you do drink every day you should NOT take this because it can cause liver damage.  Overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, feeling restless or nervous, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, increased sweating, warmth or tingly feeling, seizure (convulsions), or coma.  And as you know, getting drunk off Nyquil is overdosing.  Yea, who would have thought overdosing on an over-the-counter drug can have all these effects.

What is the recommendation?

Now what do I think?  First with codeine, I do not recommend taking it.  It is a prescription drug so therefore it should stay that way.  If you do not take it the correct way the effects can be devastating.  It is also highly addictive, so I say that if you do not have to take it DON’T.  Be fucking smart and do not take something that can kill you!  It is highly addictive so there is a good chance that you can overdose on it without even knowing.

Now what about Nyquil.  I recommend Nyquil if you truly are sick and need medication.  I strongly believe that you should FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!  They are there for a reason.  I know, shocker!  Do not take it to get drunk.  That is just stupid.  Think about:

Brian:  Hey Matt what did you do Friday?

Matt:  Yo Brian I was ridiculously drunk!

Brian:  Sick, what did you drink?  Bacardi?  Smirnoff?  Both?

Matt:  2 bottles of Nyquil!

Brian:  What?!  Pussy!

Yea, really cool getting drunk off Nyquil.  Use Nyquil if you are sick and follow the directions.  Be smart!

Nyquil high

Work Cited

“Codeine Addiction, Effects and Treatment.” Web.9 Jun 2009. <>.

Ogbru, Omudhome and Jay W. Marks. “GENERIC NAME: codeine .”>.

Duda, Kristina. “Before You Buy NyQuil.” 22 Feb 2007 Web.10 Jun 2009.                    <>.

“Nyquil Cold Medicine.” Web.10 Jun 2009.                                                                                           <>.

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