New viral TikTok challenge could be deadly, FDA warns
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert for the danger of a new viral challenge that has recently spread through TikTok, which involves people cooking chicken with cough syrup.
Popularly known as the “NyQuil Chicken Challenge“, urges users of social networks to consume this medicine that combines paracetamol, dextromethorphan and doxylamine.
The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing, and it is. But it could also be very insecure. Boiling a medicine can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.
The FDA warned that even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the fumes from the medicine while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. could also damage your lungs.
“Bottom line: someone could take a dangerously high amount of cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.”
The US health authority explained that this widespread trend in social networks “It’s based on peer pressure,” and they encourage viewers to do the same.
“These challenges of videowhich often target the young, can harm people and even cause death”, he warned.