Many TikTokers have become self-appointed doctors following the rapid growth of the platform. The latest recipe included “sleep chicken.” The trend has grown on Medium, especially in the States, to deal with the common cold and flu. Doctors have appealed to people not to take part in the viral trend.
Sleepy Chicken is also known as “Nyquil Chicken”. Tiktokers are braising chicken with medicine. The equivalent of this drug in the UK would be Night Nurse. TikTokers suggest that cooking a “recipe” can provide a good night’s rest and make coping with a cold and other symptoms easier.
Netizens can be seen pouring half a bottle of Nyquil on their flesh as it boils and absorbs the medicine in just five minutes. This dish does not look appetizing in appearance as the chicken seems to be barely cooked.
Why are doctors against the ‘sleep chicken’ trend?
Dr Aaron Hartman, assistant clinical professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, said this trend could lead to food poisoning and diarrhea. she added:
“When you cook a cough medicine like NyQuil, you boil water and alcohol in it, which causes the chicken meat to become highly saturated with the drug. If you eat one of those cutlets fully cooked , so it’ll be like you’re actually consuming a quarter to half a bottle of NyQuil.”
Hartmann said it is unsafe to steam the chicken when cooking it with Nyquil. He said:
“When inhaled, these drugs also enter your bloodstream too quickly and are not moving through your liver for detoxification. Depending on how much you inhale, the effects can be quite bad.”
Dr Jeff Foster told The Sun that saturating a food product with any drug could be “incredibly dangerous”. He added that soaking up food with half a bottle of medicine “can lead to an overdose or at least not know what dose you’re getting.”
He also said that people who consume this dish are at risk of liver toxicity, dizziness, vomiting, seizures and death.
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Tiktok is trying to remove dangerous videos from the platform. If someone discovers the “sleep chicken” trend, they are directed to a support page that helps users identify harmful challenges and avoid spreading misdiagnoses.