Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep and Calm Elixir can be used to provide relief from mild anxiety and to aid sleep.
Each 5ml of oral liquid contains 1.5ml of tincture from dried Valerian (Valerian Officinalis L.) Root (1:8),
Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 57% v/v,
Also contains: Liquorice Liquid Extract, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Coriander Oil, Anise Oil, Ethanol, Sucrose and Water.
Nytol Herbal is easy to administer. This product is suitable for the elderly and adults over the age of 18.
To relief symptoms of mild anxiety: take 2 x 5ml spoonfuls three times a day with water or fruit juice.
To aid sleep: take 2 x 5ml spoonfuls 30 minutes before bedtime, with an earlier dose during the evening if necessary
The effects of this product may not be experienced immediately, therefore this product should be taken continuously for 2 – 4 weeks.
Do NOT take more than 4 single doses in a day.
No recommended for children or those under 18 years old. – Do not drive or operate machines if you feel sleepy. – Alcohol may increase the effects of this product. Therefore excessive alcohol should be avoided.
Like all medicines, Nytol can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Side effects of this product include:
- Abdomnial cramps
What is Nytol and what is it used for?
Nytol Original and One-A-Night are sleeping tablets that are effective in giving temporary relief from sleeplessness, otherwise known as insomnia.
Both Nytol Original and One-A-Night contain the active ingredient diphenhydramine, a drowsy antihistamine. When Nytol is taken 20 minutes before bed it helps you to fall asleep more quickly and promotes a less disturbed sleep.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is another term for the inability to get to sleep or to stay asleep. Many people will experience insomnia at some point in their life and it can have many different causes.
Some causes of insomnia may be:
Stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.
Caffeine or other stimulating substances or activities before going to bed.
Physical health conditions
The NHS website offers useful sleep advice. Some people find that making small lifestyle changes can help them get more rested nights sleep.
If you want more information about insomnia, take a look at our Insomnia Advice & Treatment page.
Nytol for anxiety
Nytol is used as a sleeping aid for those that struggle to sleep. Sleep disturbances or insomnia can have many different causes.
Anxiety, stress and depression are known to cause sleeplessness and therefore Nytol can be used in the short term to help you get a good night’s sleep. Nytol should not be used for more than 2 weeks.
Nytol does not, however, help to treat anxiety. If you are suffering from stress or anxiety that is causing you to lose sleep, you must discuss treatment and support options with your doctor or pharmacist.
How does Nytol work?
Nytol Original and Nytol One-A-Night contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine hydrochloride.
Nytol helps to promote restful sleep. The diphenhydramine works by blocking the histamine receptors inside your brain which has a sedative effect. This process makes you feel less alert and produces drowsiness, helping you get a good night’s sleep.
You may have heard of, or taken, antihistamines such as cetirizine or loratadine for hay fever or other allergies before. These should not be taken as a sleeping aid. They are known as non-drowsy antihistamines which work by blocking antihistamine uptake but outside the brain where it has no little effect on drowsiness.
Does Nytol work and how long does it last?
Nytol takes around 30 minutes to start to make you feel drowsy. It is therefore recommended that for optimal effect Nytol tablets should be taken 20 minutes before you go to bed.
The effects of Nytol usually last around 4-6 hours, meaning they help you sleep soundly through the night but wake up feeling refreshed.
Nytol side effects and is Nytol safe?
Like other medications, Nytol may cause some people to experience unwanted side effects but these side effects are usually mild when taken as directed. For more information please see our side effects section on this page.
Nytol and alcohol
You should not take Nytol at the same time as alcohol as this can increase your chances of experiencing unwanted side effects.
Nytol in pregnancy
If you are experiencing sleeplessness in pregnancy or while breastfeeding you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist before taking Nytol.
Nytol overdose-is it possible?
Nytol Original and One-A-Night should only be taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you take over the stated dose of Nytol this is called an overdose. Taking too much Nytol is likely to increase unwanted side effects and can in some cases be life-threatening. If you have accidentally taken too much Nytol you should seek medical advice straight away.