It might seem like cooking raw chicken in cough syrup is a nightmare, but videos claiming to do just that have popped up on platforms including TikTok and Instagram. Last week the The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about drug misuse inspired by social media videos.
Nyquil, an over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, is made with a combination of acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine to treat a range of symptoms. Not to be confused with a marinade.
The FDA called the Nyqil Chicken Challenge “stupid and unappetizing,” then explained exactly why it was a bad idea. “Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. “Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the fumes of the medicine while cooking could cause high levels of the drug to enter your body. It could also damage your lungs.”
TikTok condemned Nyquil’s videos. Procter & Gamble, maker of Nyquil, did not respond to a request for comment.
An user remix a video showing a person cooking chicken on a stove and pouring the green contents of a bottle of Nyquil over it. TikTok placed a warning at the bottom saying, “Participating in this activity could hurt you or others.”
“Content that encourages dangerous behavior has no place on TikTok. It’s not trending on our platform, but we will remove content if found and strongly discourage anyone from engaging in behavior that could harm themselves or others,” a TikTok spokesperson told CNET. .
Searching for “Chicken Nyquil” on TikTok generates a link to a guide to evaluating online challenges which asks users to stop and reflect on what they saw and report challenges that may be harmful.
The origin of the Chicken Nyquil recipe is unclear, as is its purpose. The website know your memewhich tracks online trends, suggests it first appeared in 2017 and was also called Sleepy Chicken.
While many social media trends are fun and harmless, there have been dangerous trends before, such as with the spread of social media”“, which encouraged people to choke and is believed to have caused the death of two children.
In response to Nyquil-based chicken, the FDA has offered advice for parents, including more general advice for keeping drugs away from children and for openly discussing the dangers of drugs and social media trends.
Once again for all those in the back: don’t cook with Nyquil.