@cpierce Diphenhydramine works for me, but I don’t like the side effects if I take it very often. Lately, I’ve tried doxylamine succinate (after seeing it mentioned in meh forums) and it seems to be easier on the side effects. One half tab (12.5mg) plus a 3mg melatonin and I usually sleep through the night.
@reclaimercube hmmmm, interesting! I was gifted a bottle of Fireball by Seminole Hard Rock casino on the 17th and then came down with a cold on the 19th. Took Zicam and Excedrin and the occasional bourbon shot which pretty much killed it by the 21st except for a bit of congestion. But I gotta admit I never even considered the Fireball…it’s a little out of my wheelhouse. Do you shoot it, warm it, or what?
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is the drug used in Tylenol PM and Advil PM and all of the other night time meds like Zzquil. Just take Benadryl and save a bucket of $'s and your liver, too. SLO melatonin from allergy research works well as does a few capsules of Ornithine.
Nyquil (or a house-brand knockoff) usually works better for me than the other remedies in the sense of putting me out for a full 8, but if I take it for more than two days running it stops being effective. Melatonin and Benadryl typically give me only five or six hours uninterrupted sleep, then I wake up wired. A hot toddy knocks me out for about four hours; I wake up having to go to the bathroom, but I can usually get back to sleep again without much difficulty.
I use Mucinex for the drainage part and I used a product called Sleep by Vasayo. I sell it so I don’t want to put the shameless link here. It works great for everyday use. Fall asleep and stay asleep better, without the sloth-like groggy morning. No warnings about operating heavy machinery. If allowed, just ask me for a link to it.
I worked at a vitamin shop when I was younger. One day when I was working someone told me his trick was to drink red wine because, 1) it would help him sleep, and 2) it is high in bioflavonoids. Made sense to me at the time and I’ve been doing it since.
Until I quit, menthols - Camel Crush was the best. Now that I’ve quit, I’ve found that Advil PM does a good job of knocking me right the fuck out and keeping me out, and if I have a cold bad enough to take something, being unconscious is often preferable to the alternative.