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427 of 487 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 23, 2012
The only active ingredient in this "new" product is 25mg of Diphenhydramine hcl which Nyquil ZZZ labels a "Nighttime sleep-aid." This is the EXACT ingredient in benadryl and store brand equivalents, that cost much less, which those manufacturers label as an antihistamine. All Nyquil did was rename it and give it a hyped up name of ZzzQuil and repurpose it as a sleep aid. Antihistamines can make you drowsy but that's not why people take them. This one has been around since the 1940's. What a bunch of BS.
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223 of 259 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
I have extensive problems sleeping well through the night but usually shy away from taking anything to help. I've been on Ambien before but don't like the time and expense of having to see a doctor to get it, and I've used Advil PM when I was desperate. Yes, I knew when I bought this product that the active ingredient is diphenhydramine - I read the ingredients list. I liked that the product is available in a liquid for ease of use and because it should help the body absorb it faster. (I have never found Benadryl to work for me - either for allergies or sleep - I don't know why - but I trained as a pharmacy technician for 18 months and held the PhT certification for some time, and pharmacists can advise that the same products don't work exactly the same way for all people.) The ZzzQuil is working for me - it kicks in quickly, gives me a restful night's sleep, and I wake up at my regular time in the morning (less an alarm) with no fuzzy or drowsy effect. I've been using it for a week and feel more rested than I have in some time. If it doesn't work for you - then discontinue it and don't purchase more. If Benadryl works for you - stick with it. In my case, I'm pleased with the convenience and effectiveness of the ZzzQuil and intend to continue using it - not every single night - but definitely on those nights I know I'll have trouble getting to and staying to sleep.
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145 of 173 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
I'm a pharmacist, and I can tell you that I would not recommend this product. For one, as many have mentioned, this is just the ingredient that is in Benadryl. You can buy 24 for less than 4 bucks. But in addition, diphenhydramine is not a good choice for insomnia. It is a great anti-histamine that also causes drowsiness, however, it really dries you out and still have you feeling groggy after you wake up.
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132 of 164 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2012
This product's active ingredient is 25 milligrams of dyphenhydramine (probably incorrectly spelled) My point is It's the same thing as Benedryl, which is available as generic. I paid 5 dollars for 12 tablets of Nyquil zzz. At wal-mart, you can get 100 tablets of the same thing as a generic for 4 dollars. If you want the name brand Benedryl, you can get 100 tabs for about 10 dollars. You do the math!!!!!! It's just a money maker for the company!!!!!
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92 of 116 people found the following review helpful
This is truly amazing that such an old ingredient can still be marketed as something new. Folks, this is plain old benadryl used in just about every night time cold OTC imaginable. It's also the most common nasal decongestant in all of the OTC medications. If you want to save money ask your pharmacist for what is the cheapest diphenhydramine they sell.
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78 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
I, too, had high hopes for this product. I've had trouble sleeping for years and all over-the-counter medications either didn't work or left me too drowzy the next day. When I've been ill and taken Nyquil, that always put me out, so I was very excited to see Zzzquil, believing it would do the same...not even close. Not even drowzy! You'd be better off taking a swig of Nyquil. Hopefully they will start reading reviews and make it a little stronger. In the meantime, Nyquil works better!
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
I have trouble sleeping and had high hopes for this product, instead I tossed and turned all night woke up from bad dreams and was seeing things that weren't there. Definitely won't take or suggest this product to anyone. Not worth the $
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
Every BODY is different, so some people might react differently to this product than others have, but as for me I love this product.

Yes, technically this is Benadryl, but this is more of a Benadryl on Steroids.

I'm well familiar with how Benadryl reacts in my body, and ZZZquil was way more potent. This isn't just simply a more expensive Benadryl, it's a more powerful Benadryl.

I suffer from extreme fits of Insomnia, every night I have night terrors, and wake up feeling like I went 3 rounds with Mike Tyson. After a few nights on this product, I don't have any night terrors, and I wake up feeling great and refreshed. Solid 5 stars in my book
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58 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
Don't waste your money folks. There's nothing special about this stuff. all it is, is Benydryl (Diphenhydramine). That's it. You can get a generic version of this stuff for about half the price you would pay for this brand name rip off, and get the same results.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
Well, I would like to start off with the fact that I've never taken a sleep aid before this one, so there are no comparisons to be made.

I spent a whole night not being able to sleep at all. I got up, went to class and came back only to pass out at 10am. I stayed asleep until 5pm. With an exam the next day, I wouldn't be able to handle not sleeping again. I figured "to hell with it, take something to knock me out". I took this product at midnight, got a shower, helped my roommate with some homework and was off to bed. I made it to bed at around 1:30am. Within a half hour of lying there, I was barely awake and I could feel myself slipping out of consciousness. By 2:30, I was gone.

I'll admit that I woke up throughout the night with constant pain in my legs (maybe just from the fact that I was sleeping 15 hours out of the last 24), but I was back off to sleep within a few minutes.

All in all, this product doesn't "knock you out", but it definitely helps you to fall asleep WHEN you want to fall asleep.

I want to make a point in mentioning that everyone's reviews that I've read have been complaining that the active ingredient is the same as cough medicine. I believe the point of ZzzQuil is to remove all of the unneeded medications. Why pump yourself full of drugs that you don't have any business taking?

In the end, this was nothing special, but nothing to complain about either.
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