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ZzzQuil: One of the best over-the-counter sleep aid brands

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ZzzQuil, the No. 1 selling over-the-counter sleep aid brand, produces some of the best-quality relievers of occasional sleeplessness. Read on to learn about the varieties of forms, formulas, and active ingredients you can expect with ZzzQuil products, and how they can help you fall asleep fast.

“ZzzQuil is available in multiple forms & product lines so you can find the best product for your needs”

Choose between Traditional ZzzQuil Liquids and LiquiCaps

Traditional ZzzQuil sleep aids are available in various easy-to-use, over-the-counter formulas so you can wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Vicks’ liquid formula comes in great-tasting Warming Berry, Calming Vanilla Cherry, and Berry. ZzzQuil is also available in a liquicap form, which helps you sleep soundly with just one dose before bedtime. The liquicaps are handy for travel, so you can combat jet lag and get the sleep you need while on the go.

Choose your Active Ingredient

For those who prefer a natural alternative to OTC sleep aids, Vicks has introduced PURE Zzzs. From the makers of ZzzQuil, this line uses melatonin, a hormone, to tackle sleeplessness. PURE Zzzs is available in great-tasting gummy, tablet & liquid forms and are available for both adults and children. Vicks also offers a PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm, which is designed to help you (or your child 6 months of age or older) wind down at night with a special, moisturizing aromatic blend and can be combined with any ZzzQuil or PURE Zzzs product.

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Boost Your Sleep Experience with Ancient Herbs

PURE Zzzs De-Stress & Sleep Gummies and Tablets use the ancient herb ashwagandha to relax the mind and body before bed.* Alternatively, PURE Zzzs Beauty Sleep Gummies and Tablets combine turmeric or ginger and grapeseed extracts to help neutralize free radicals in the body and protect cells against free radical damage while you sleep. *


The scientists at Procter and Gamble closely studied clinical data regarding melatonin use as a sleep supplement in order to optimize the PURE Zzzs formula that provides the right dosage of melatonin for no next day grogginess, plus a unique blend of botanicals.

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ZzzQuil is safe and effective when taken as directed. The active ingredient in traditional ZzzQuil is diphenhydramine HCl, which is an antihistamine. To help you stay awake and alert, your body produces histamine, a naturally occurring substance that interacts with receptors in your brain to promote wakefulness. If an antihistamine enters the brain, it can block the effects of histamine and cause the opposite effect – drowsiness. The result? You fall asleep faster. Diphenhydramine HCI is non-habit forming, so you can take ZzzQuil without concern, and fall asleep in as little as 20 minutes. As an alternative and for those interested in supplemental sleep remedies, Vicks PURE Zzzs Melatonin offers a safe & effective way to help fall asleep naturally.* As the primary ingredient melatonin is a hormone supplement that help regulates your sleep cycle and helps you fall asleep naturally, it does not trigger dependence. PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm uses natural ingredients like essential oils, aloe vera and coconut oil, and is alcohol-free.


Vicks PURE Zzzs Melatonin products and the Soothing Aromatherapy Balm are made with our unique botanical blend of lavender & chamomile. Read more about ZzzQuil’s use of aromatherapy here. To find out more about ZzzQuil offers answers to frequently asked questions about ZzzQuil and PURE Zzzs.

These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.