Nowadays, many users on Tiktok have the goal of going viral with challenge and dance videos to create trends, which will make them more recognizable. However, many times these can become dangerous for people who try to imitate them.
On this occasion, a challenge that began to go viral in the United States known as “sleepytime chicken” raised alerts not only from parents, but also from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, This challenge has many years on the internet.
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What is the challenge cook chicken in cough syrup?
The challenge is to cook a piece of chicken in a cough syrup called NyQuil, and nothing else. For the agency, in addition to being unappetizing nonsense, it is very insecure.
Although the challenge barely went viral on Tiktok, it has been mentioned on the internet for several years. According to the site Know Your Memethe sleepytime chicken emerged from the boards of 4 chan, a forum where users participate in an unknown way and comment on various topics, such as video games, series and cooking.
An anonymous user shared his recipe for sleepytime chicken, which consisted of using some chicken breasts and spreading cough syrup on them, and then boiling it together with the meat.
Why is the sleepytime chicken challenge dangerous?
Years later, several videos began to appear on Twitter and Tiktok of users cooking the chicken in the drug, which contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine, according to the FDA.
“Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the agency wrote.
“Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication fumes while cooking could cause high levels of the drug to enter your body. It could also damage your lungs. Bottom line: someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and medicine.” for a cold without even realizing it.
After discovering the release From the FDA, Tiktok removed all videos that reference “NyQuil Chicken” or “Sleepy Chicken,” and searching for those terms redirects users to an error message warning of the dangers of online challenges. agree with what a spokesperson said for Bloomberg.
Likewise, tiktok has a measure for such viral challenges on its website.
“If a challenge is risky or harmful, or if you’re not sure if it is, don’t do it,” the page says. “It’s not worth putting yourself or others at risk”
This is not the first time the FDA has warned against social media challenges using over-the-counter drugs.
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In September 2020, it issued a similar warning after reports of teens being admitted to emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge” on the short video app.