FDA Warns Against Using Nyquil As a Chicken Marinade

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You'd think some things go without saying but apparently, the Food and Drug Administration had to tell some Americans, it is a bad idea to use NyQuil as a chicken marinade.

According to Huffington Post, the agency felt obligated to issue a warning in light of a social media challenge encouraging people to cook chicken in NyQuil and other cough medicine.

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. It could also hurt your lungs.
Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.

The FDA didn't cite any actual reports of people who've gone to the emergency room after chowing down on "NyQuil chicken." But the agency mentioned a previous TikTok challenge that urged people to take large doses of the allergy medicine "Benadryl" to induce hallucinations, and that led to reports of teenagers going to the emergency room.

Here is what social media had to say:

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