Don’t Use NyQuill To Cook Chicken, FDA Warns

( Elizabeth Cohen, a senior medical journalist for CNN, offered some advice on Monday that one hopes will never be required: Cooking chicken in NyQuil is not recommended.

The ostensibly simple cooking advice was given in response to an actual FDA warning titled “A Recipe for Danger: Social Media Challenges Involving Medicines” posted on the FDA’s website. Yes, we are indeed living in the stupidest and craziest era ever.

The FDA calls the challenge “silly and unappealing” but adds that it “could also be very unsafe,” explaining that a recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat.

A medication’s characteristics can change in a variety of ways after boiling, including making it significantly more concentrated. Even if you don’t consume the chicken, breathing the medication’s fumes while cooking could result in significant drug ingestion.

It might possibly cause lung damage. Simply said, someone could unknowingly consume a dangerously excessive cough and cold medication dose.

CNN Newsroom interviewed Cohen with Ana Cabrera to discuss the social media craze. She was asked what information parents should be aware of.

“Ana, did you ever imagine that you would say that—cooking chicken in NyQuil?” Cohen laughed as she stated.

Cabrera answered, “I don’t get it!

Although it’s “a poor concept,” Cohen said, “it seems popular with some kids.”

“You are concentrating a medicine when you prepare it,” she said. So if you cook chicken in NyQuil, you’re concentrating it when you prepare NyQuil. We have no idea how many people do this, but the FDA is concerned enough.

According to Cohen, those who do this risk damaging their lungs by inhaling the fumes, and those who consume the chicken will drink a “concentrated form” of the over-the-counter medication.

She underscored, “Cooking the medicine changes the medicine. It’s a bad idea. Do not cook your chicken with NyQuil.”

Like Facebook, Twitter only featured a few postings and videos, some of which were older than a few months. When you search on TikTok, you get nothing but a link to the platform’s advisory about evaluating “possibly harmful” online challenges.