Social media NyQuil chicken challenge may lead to death

Cheryl E Preston
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The New TicToc trend can be deadly

A new TicToc challenge has parents worried and the FDA issuing warnings. Children and teens are participating in the NyQuil chicken challenge and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an official warning in response to yet another dangerous TikTok trend that targets young people..This most recent social media dare encourages minors who are susceptible to peer pressure to make “sleepy chicken,” which can lead to serious illness or death. It would seem obvious that this is not a good idea but apparently it's not.

The basic ingredients in NyQuil and other similar over-the-counter cold medications are acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine which can cause drowsiness. According to those who claim to have participated in the dare, the recommended amount of the drug is far more than what is recommended for the adult dosage.

Additional warnings

They also say boiling chicken in NyQuil leads to sleepiness. The FDA warns that boiling NyQuil may lead to exposure to “a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.” The FDA also gave a dire warning about the challenge.

Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” wrote the FDA. “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.” And also advised that adults keep over-the-counter and prescription drugs out of the reach of minors.

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