Chicken on NyQuil, FDA Warns of New TikTok Challenge

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against cooking chicken in NyQuil. The new TikTok challenge is a very insecure recipe.

The dangerous dare encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, presumably to eat.

The FDA notes that not only would the challenge be silly and unappetizing, it could be dangerous. Even when the chicken is not eaten, high levels of cough and cold medicine can enter the body and damage the lungs.

Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.

Even if you don’t eat the chicken, the FDA indicates that the inhalation of medication vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter the body and damage the lungs

Health officials say social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination for your kids and your friends, especially when it comes to medication misuse.

The FDA reported that the latest alert comes after another social media challenge. An earlier TikTok challenge urged people to take large doses of the allergy medication to try to induce hallucinations.

After reports of teenagers being rushed to emergency rooms or even dying after the challenge, the FDA also warned the public about the danger of high-dose diphenhydramine and the prevalence of the trend.

How to protect minors according to the FDA

Keep over-the-counter and prescription medications out of the reach of children.
Inform minors about the dangers of drug abuse and how trends on social media can cause sometimes irreversible damage.
Use medications as intended.

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