The Food and Drug Administration has told Americans not to cook their chicken in Nyquil after a viral cooking trend surfaced on social media.
In a recent warning from the FDA, the government agency addressed the dangers of “social media” and drug abuse due to “peer pressure.”
“One social media trend that relies on peer pressure is online video clips of people abusing non-prescription drugs and encouraging viewers to do the same,” the FDA wrote. “These video challenges, often targeting young people, can harm people — and even cause death.”
The warning went on to highlight a video challenge on social media where people cook their chicken in NyQuil, a nonprescription drug containing acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine, and then eat it.
Since the cooking trend has gone viral again, the FDA has publicly spoken out about how “unsafe” and “unappetizing” it is.
“Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and alter its properties in other ways. Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the fumes from the medication while cooking can cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body,” the FDA said.
“It can also damage your lungs. Simply put, someone could be taking a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medication without even realizing it,” the federal agency continued.
In addition, the FDA recalled how they issued a warning about the dangers of taking too much Benadryl in 2020, after the “Benadryl Challenge” on TikTok reportedly involved people taking high doses of the drug to induce and induce hallucinations. ensure they were hospitalized.
The agent went on to share ways people can protect their children from “potentially harmful trends” and tips for using “OTC drugs” safely.
While the FDA statement on how to cook chicken in Nyquil arrived last week, the trend first appeared on social media in 2017. In one tweet shared at the time, which has more than 4,330 retweets, a Twitter user posted a photo of several pieces of chicken sitting in a bowl of Nyquil. Its caption reads, “If she makes you a nyquil chicken….don’t let her go.”
Twitter users reacted to the tweet with confusion, as they pointed out how absurd the cooking trend was.
Earlier this year, the trend also resurfaced on TikTok. A since-deleted video reposted in January, as initially shared by TikTok account Janelle and Kate, showed a woman in front of her stove.
Standing over a pan with uncooked chicken in it, she poured some Nyquil onto the meat. She picked up a pair of tongs that she used to move the chicken while it was cooked in the liquid cough medicine.
The video again received angry reactions, as viewers encouraged people not to prepare their meals with Nyquil.
“Don’t do this, it will kill you,” one wrote, while another asked, “Why would you do this?”
As videos of the trend continued to appear in January, TikTok users began referring to it as the “sleepy chicken”.