Thursday, November 27, 2014
The greasy stuff does help clear nasal passages a bit. I'll give you that, Vicks
I've always thought that commercials for Nyquil and Dayquil were amongst the most hilarious and dishonest on television. They always show people looking like they are on their deathbeds, coughing and sneezing and aching, etc. Then they pop this pill or gag down a cup of this glowing green mostly-alcohol "medicine," and five minutes later they are off fighting fires or directing traffic or taking down terrorists or winning gold medals. Please.
I mean, come on. If this Nyquil junk works at all, it's as a sleep aid- I've noticed that if I gulp down half a bottle or so before bedtime, I can pass out pretty quickly and sleep through the night. When I wake up, I'll have another day of coughing and sneezing and achiness to look forward to- but at least I got some sleep. That's if I take Nyquil. If I take Dayquil with my coffee in the morning, I suppose it adds a couple of calories to my breakfast but that's it- I'd call the weirdly transparent little gelcaps a placebo, except that placebos are kind of supposed to make you feel better. Dayquil doesn't qualify.
So whichever monster pharmaceutical company that produces this stuff? Please, stop insulting my intelligence. There's nothing miraculous about the healing powers of alcohol and bad artificial, gag-inducing flavoring. Thanks for helping me get to sleep, but I'd sooner believe that Saint Blaise medal I found in a box of Cracker Jacks relieved my cold symptoms than this overpriced crap.