HPLC Separation of NyQuil Active Ingredients


NyQuil is a cough medication produced by Procter&Gamble. It consists of acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine, doxylamine and dextromethorphan. Most of the analytical HPLC methods include either use of ion-pairing reagent or a gradient elution. Mixed-mode chromatography allows to replace long gradient method with short isocratic method. All four compounds are well separated within 3-5 minutes. Methods can be optimized for analysis of other cough composition containing general cough suppressants and pain killers. Method is robust and being validated at several drug companies.