Do NOT cook your chicken in NyQuil! FDA warns kids to steer clear of latest social media craze

Do NOT cook your chicken in NyQuil! FDA warns kids to steer clear of latest social media craze that is supposed to get you high

  • The US Food and Drug Administration has flagged the TikTok trend NyQuil chicken as a recipe for danger
  • Over the counter medicines, like NyQuil, can become more concentrated when boiled and can lead to lung damage and other issues, warned the agency
  • The unappetizing recipe paired with trends like the Benadryl Challenge prompted the FDA to warn parents about how their teens use social media

The United States Federal Drug Administration has stepped in to warn reckless teens about the latest social media trend – cooking chicken in NyQuil.

The revolting recipe, sometimes referred to as ‘sleepy chicken,’ gained enough popularity early this year that the FDA was prompted to put out a statement on the chicken specifically, and more broadly the way parents allow their children to interact with social media.

According to a recent statement from the FDA, ‘One social media trend relying on peer pressure is online video clips of people misusing nonprescription medications and encouraging viewers to do so too.

‘These video challenges, which often target youths, can harm people – and even cause death.’

Some users claim the recipe helps with cold symptoms, or falling asleep in the  middle of the night.

The FDA, however, has taken a strong anti-position on colorful poultry preparation method: ‘The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is. But it could also be very unsafe. Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.

‘Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs.’

The disgusting NyQuil Chicken trend earned a warning from the FDA about appropriate usages of over the counter medication

The disgusting NyQuil Chicken trend earned a warning from the FDA about appropriate usages of over the counter medication

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement last week warning teens and parents about he NyQuil chicken trend

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement last week warning teens and parents about he NyQuil chicken trend

Simultaneously, there was a trend called the Benadryl Challenge, which encourages viewers to trigger hallucinations by taking huge amounts of the antihistamines found in Benadryl, which the FDA issued a warning about.

The Benadryl Challenge was recently the cause of the hospitalization of at least three teens and the death of a 15-year-old girl. 

The FDA emphasized that these trends, ‘which often target youths’ and rely on peer pressure, ‘can harm people – and even cause death.

Some users have claimed the reviling recipe helps with cold symptoms

Some users have claimed the reviling recipe helps with cold symptoms

The FDA, however, says that even inhaling the fumes from boiled NyQuil can have a detrimental effect on the lungs

The FDA, however, says that even inhaling the fumes from boiled NyQuil can have a detrimental effect on the lungs

Cold medications generally have a number of active ingredients, including extromethorphan, acetaminophen, and antihistamines like doxylamine succinate. 

If an individual consumes too much dextromethorphan, an opioid commonly found in in cough suppressants, it can result in drowsiness, dizziness, seizures, nausea, vomiting, changes in blood pressure, constipation, breathing problems, blurry vision, twitching, palpitations, high fevers, hallucinations, brain damage, and coma. 

Too much acetaminophen can damage your liver and lead to liver failure, and too much doxylamine can result in a number of symptoms including insomnia, night terrors, hallucinations, seizures, and death.

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