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What is 'Sleepy Chicken' TikTok trend? FDA calls boiling food in NyQuil a 'recipe for danger'

The challenge involves preparing a chicken recipe with cold and allergy medicine NyQuil
The 'Sleepy Chicken' TikTok trend can be fatal for anyone trying it (Getty Images)
The 'Sleepy Chicken' TikTok trend can be fatal for anyone trying it (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: TikTok is arguably the most popular video-sharing app in the world today, and its influence on youth is unparalleled. With over one billion active users, across 154 countries, trends created on TikTok can become viral in no time. However, while a lot of TikTok trends are harmless and often increase the fun quotient in one's life, the video-sharing app is known for its notoriety when it comes to creating trends that can literally kill. 

From a woman being hospitalized after slathering her hair with Gorilla Glue to teenagers as young as 16 dying or getting hospitalized with severe injuries after trying the "Skullbreaker challenge", TikTok offers some of the craziest absurdities that can be possibly found on the internet. In this article, we explore one such challenge that could potentially kill you: the "Sleepy Chicken" challenge.


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What is the 'Sleepy Chicken' challenge?

The words 'sleepy' and 'chicken' are both harmless, and arguably pleasurable in their own rights; however, combine the two and add the word TikTok to it and you've just prepared for yourself a recipe for hospitalization and possible death. The challenge involves preparing a chicken recipe with cold and allergy medicine NyQuil. 

Among the various compounds that make up NyQuil are Dextromethorphan and Acetaminophen. While the former affects the brain directly to reduce the urge to cough the latter has the potential to cause fatal liver injury. Among the side effects of NyQuil are drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, upset stomach, nausea, nervousness, constipation, or dry mouth/nose/throat, as per WebMD. So, unless one wants to lead the birth of another opioid crisis in the country, or earn a special mention (possibly posthumously) in the record book for stupidity, the challenge is best left untouched. 


FDA warns against 'A Recipe for Danger'

The Food and Drug Administration warned the public about the danger of high doses of diphenhydramine and has strictly advised people to not cook their chicken in NyQuil. In an article titled "A Recipe for Danger: Social Media Challenges Involving Medicine" the FDA wrote, "Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways. 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," and informed that several teenagers had to be rushed to the emergency room for partaking in the challenge.