FDA’s warning on NyQuil chicken led to 7,000 online searches for recipe compared to days before

So much for a public health warning! FDA’s warning on NyQuil chicken led to 7,000 online searches for recipe compared to FIVE the day before

  • NyQuil chicken recipe went even more viral after the US Food and Drug Administration warned against the dangerous TikTok trend last week
  • The recipe, dubbed ‘sleepy chicken,’ gained more than 7,000 searches as of September 21 after the FDA released a statement a week prior
  •  Over-the-counter medicines have been a concern among health professionals especially as more teens promote the misuse of them on social media 

Searches for NyQuil chicken skyrocketed after the United States Federal Drug Administration issued a warning against the recipe after it went viral during a recent TikTok trend.

The hazardous recipe, dubbed ‘sleepy chicken,’ gained traction earlier this year and prompted the FDA to issue a statement on the method and the way parents allow their children to interact with social media.

Following the recent statement on September 14 TikTok data showed an uptick of about 7,000 more searches on the trend by September 21, according to BuzzFeed.

The FDA further put out a news release on September 15 warning parents about various ‘social media challenges involving medicines’ while encouraging adults to ‘lock up these medications to prevent accidental overdoses.’ 

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

TikTok has since issued a ‘warning’ on the app about the challenge.  

The recent FDA warning against the horrid NyQuil Chicken trend skyrocketed searches for the recipe with at least 7,000 curious searchers attempting to discover the hype

The recent FDA warning against the horrid NyQuil Chicken trend skyrocketed searches for the recipe with at least 7,000 curious searchers attempting to discover the hype

Users have sold the recipe as helping relieve cold symptoms and insomnia

Users have sold the recipe as helping relieve cold symptoms and insomnia 

The FDA warned that inhaling the fumes from boiled NyQuil can have a detrimental effect on the lungs

The FDA warned that inhaling the fumes from boiled NyQuil can have a detrimental effect on the lungs

The FDA further put out a news release on September 15 warning parents about various 'social media challenges involving medicines'

The FDA further put out a news release on September 15 warning parents about various ‘social media challenges involving medicines’

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

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

The FDA, however, has taken a strong position against the 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.’

Some people joked about NyQuil chicken as early as 2017

Some people joked about NyQuil chicken as early as 2017

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.

So far the NyQuil Chicken challenges hasn’t led to any deaths.

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 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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