Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour Solution is a remedy for mild allergies and hay fever that can be used by children of all ages. It’s also suitable for adults and children over the age of 16 who are struggling with insomnia and need help to get a good night’s sleep. Every 5ml of Nytol liquid contains 10mg of an active ingredient called diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that can relieve allergic reactions and make you drowsy, so it’s easier to drift off to sleep at night.
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (HCL) works as an antihistamine, which means it blocks a natural substance called histamine. Histamine is created by your body when you come into contact with something you’re allergic to, and it triggers parts of your body to product allergy symptoms so it can try to remove the allergen from your body. This is why you experience coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and all kinds of other symptoms when you have hay fever or another allergy. Diphenhydramine blocks histamine, which prevents your body from producing these symptoms and making your hay fever or allergies much more manageable.
Nytol Liquid can be used to relieve mild allergies, hay fever, and mild reactions to bites and stings in children of all ages. However, if your child is younger than 5 you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving them this medication. This medicine is NOT suitable to be used as a remedy for sleep disturbances or insomnia in children younger than 16. If your child is suffering with sleeplessness, you should ask a medical professional for advice so they can help you to choose a suitable treatment.
Diphenhydramine HCL helps to ease sleeplessness in adults because it’s an antihistamine. As well as triggering allergy symptoms, histamine is involved with your brain’s waking system. This means that by blocking histamine, this product can make you feel sleepy or drowsy, helping you to fall asleep more easily and easing insomnia.
Insomnia means that you regularly have trouble falling asleep or often wake up in the night. Most people suffer with the occasional sleepless night, but if you have insomnia then you will regularly feel tired or irritable throughout the day, lie awake for long periods at night, and could even struggle to have a nap during the day despite feeling exhausted. Some of the most common causes of insomnia include:
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take diphenhydramine. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and are suffering with insomnia or mild allergies, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist so they can help you to choose an alternative treatment or suggest some lifestyle changes that could help.
This medicine can make you feel drowsy or sleepy, or give you blurred vision. This may affect your attention or reaction times. You should not attempt to drive or use tools or machinery unless you are absolutely sure that this medication hasn’t affected you in this way.
You should avoid drinking alcohol while you’re taking Nytol Liquid. Drinking alcohol while using this product could make side effects like drowsiness more extreme.
If you’re taking other medications, then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Nytol Liquid. When you take two medications together, they may interact causing unwanted side effects or making your medication less effective. Be especially sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
The recommended dose of Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour will depend on what you’re using it as a sleep aid or to treat hay fever and allergies.
If you’re an adult and want to use this product as a sleep aid, you should take 10 – 25ml of this medicine at bedtime or if you struggle to fall asleep. Do not take more than one dose a night, and do not use as a sleep aid in children younger than 16.
Do not take more than the recommended dose at any time. If you’re ever unsure about how much of this product to use, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
You do not need a prescription for Nytol Liquid; however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
Nytol Liquid is not suitable for those who are allergic to diphenhydramine or any of the other listed ingredients. You should not use this product if you have a peptic ulcer or any blockage between your stomach and small intestine. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you have:
Nytol Liquid does contain E numbers, which in this case are mostly used as preservatives and are a type of ingredient known as parahydroxybenzoates. The parahydroxybenzoates used in this product are:
This product also contains one E number which is used as a colouring, which is caramel E150.
Nytol Liquid contains 1.66g of sucrose in every 5ml. If you or your child have diabetes or an intolerance to some sugars, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.
Like all medications, Nytol Liquid can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as:
If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, stop use and seek medical assistance immediately. You should also speak to your doctor right away if you experience:
Other side effects you may experience include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on its original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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The active substance is diphenhydramine hydrochloride, 10mg in 5ml.
The other ingredients are: purified water, sucrose, sodium saccharin, propylene glycol, glycerin, parahydroxybenzoates (methyl E218, ethyl E214, propyl E216 & butyl), caramel flavouring, colouring (caramel E150).
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