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Acetaminophen, often known as paracetamol, is a mild pain reliever that can be found in over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol®. It is usually thought to be safe to take while pregnant. In fact, acetaminophen is the most often used medication during pregnancy, with up to 65 percent of women in the United States and 50 percent of women in Europe using it during their pregnancies. During pregnancy, acetaminophen has been shown to cross into the placenta. This means if a pregnant woman takes acetaminophen, some of the medication enters the baby's system.
Some common over-the-counter brand name medicines containing acetaminophen are:
The widespread use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is due to the lack of evidence linking the medication to birth defects. However, increasing evidence suggests that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy may raise the child's risk of asthma, affect their immune system, have endocrine-disrupting effects, and cause behavioral and cognitive problems in these children. According to new research, mothers who took acetaminophen such as Tylenol® throughout their pregnancy were much more likely to have a kid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism.
In May 2021, a study conducted by researchers in Spain suggested using acetaminophen during pregnancy might increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors analyzed medical records involving more than 73,000 mother-child pairs across Europe, finding that kids exposed to acetaminophen in-utero were 19% more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than those who weren’t. While the findings are not definitive proof of a causal relationship between Tylenol® and autism, the authors called for more study of the issue. They also recommended that acetaminophen be used in pregnancy “only when necessary.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first study to associate the use of acetaminophen in pregnancy with an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In 2018, researchers did a meta-analysis of seven studies involving 132,738 pairs of mothers and children. The analysis revealed a 20% higher risk of autism for children who had prolonged exposure to acetaminophen in the womb. In 2019, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that children whose cord blood samples contained the highest levels of acetaminophen were roughly three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder later in childhood, compared to children with the lowest levels of acetaminophen in their cord blood.
Studies have now begun to suggest a significant link between children with autism and acetaminophen usage. Acetaminophen is now being associated with an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other developmental disorders in children exposed to it during pregnancy. In addition, characteristics and symptoms of autism include, but are not limited to:
Almost everyone has acetaminophen such as Tylenol® or another brand in their medicine cabinet. Estimates suggest that up to 70% of pregnant women use some form of acetaminophen during pregnancy.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has placed acetaminophen in Pregnancy Category B, reserved for drugs that have not shown a fetal risk. However, Pregnancy Category B drugs have not been subject to controlled studies in pregnant women, or they have been shown to have adverse effects (other than a decrease in fertility) in animal reproduction studies that were not confirmed in controlled studies of women in the first trimester of pregnancy. There are currently no pain relievers included in Pregnancy Risk Category A, which is reserved for medications that have been deemed completely “safe.”
The use of acetaminophen while pregnant may put a developing fetus at a greater risk of being diagnosed with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder later in life, as research has associated use with potential risk of these injuries.
If you or a loved one used Tylenol® and/or acetaminophen during pregnancy, and your child was subsequently diagnosed with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); you need to speak up! You might be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Don’t suffer in silence. Fill out a no-cost claim review to see if you are eligible to receive compensation. – – complete the free and easy claim review form today.