Most Trusted Cold & Flu Remedy: NyQuil
NyQuil fans have Lunsford Richardson, a Greensboro, North Carolina pharmacist, to thank for helping soothe their symptoms. Richardson created and sold 21 home remedies under the brand Vicks in the 1890s; Croup and Pneumonia Salve was its best-selling product. More than half a century later, NyQuil was born in 1966. The name NyQuil may have come from the phrase “nighttime tranquility.” Still recognizable by many today, the medicine’s classic slogan, “Nighttime, sniffling, sneezing…” debuted in 1979.
Most Trusted Eye Health Brand: Visine
Visine has used the famous slogan, “Gets the red out” in advertisements for more than 40 years. Its active ingredient, tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, is a vasoconstrictor, which means it temporarily constricts blood vessels so redness is less visible. In some countries, Visine is known as Vispring.
Most Trusted Sleep Aid: ZzzQUIL*
You can thank the late George Rieveschl the next time you take ZzzQUIL. In 1943, the University of Cincinnati chemistry professor developed diphenhydramine, the active ingredient. While working on a way to improve muscle-relaxing medication, Rieveschl realized the compound effectively blocked histamines, which make you feel drowsy. Rieveschl originally wanted a career in commercial art, but went back to school to study chemistry after several job rejections. *Statistical tie with another brand