Power You Trust, NyQuil Creation Story

When someone you love is sick, you want powerful symptom relief that you can trust. Getting you back to feeling healthy and back on your feet is our top priority at Vicks. In the 1950s, our first cough syrups pioneered delivering powerful relief without using narcotic ingredients such as codeine.

Introducing NyQuil

NyQuil - First Multi-Symptom Relief

NyQuil introduced in 1966

NyQuil’s introduction in 1966 built on this by providing complete multi-symptom relief in a single liquid product. Prior to NyQuil, families had to have one medicine for colds and stuffed up heads, another medicine for scratchy throats and coughs, and another for aches and pains. Only a medical professional could safely recommend what medicines to use together.

“As the first multi-symptom cough and cold syrup, NyQuil was specially formulated to relieve all these single symptoms in a liquid product.”

Healing Power of Sleep

Vicks - Healing Power of Sleep

Revolutionary NyQuil Liquid form, 1979

NyQuil’s liquid form was revolutionary in the category as was its included dosing cup to ensure the proper amount was consistently and safely provided. Not only was NyQuil the first multi-symptom cough and cold syrup, it was also the first to focus on the importance of the healing power of sleep when sick.

It coated the throat and delivered warming sensations that helped to soothe coughs and sore throats, and ease aches and pains.

NyQuil’s Legendary Name

NyQuil Max Strength Nighttime Cold & Flu Relief

NyQuil today, 2020

The origin of NyQuil’s name is shrouded in legend. Many believe that the name was derived from “nighttime tranquility” because it delivers superior nighttime relief and provides the healing power of sleep. NyQuil’s well-known litany as “The nighttime sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine” was first coined in 1979.

Today Vicks products like Sinex, DayQuil, and NyQuil continue to provide powerful relief to your toughest cold and flu symptoms.

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