Study Shows Strong Link Between Maternal Acetaminophen Use and ADHD in Children
Acetaminophen is an active painkilling ingredient in many different drugs, from Tylenol to Nyquil and antihistamines. While it has been touted as safe for pregnant women for years, a new study shows a strong link between frequent acetaminophen use by mothers and ADHD in their children.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 64,000 Danish mothers and their children. About 55% of the mothers in the study took acetaminophen during their pregnancy. The investigation took up to 15 years, collecting information from pregnant women about how often they took acetaminophen, well before any mood disorder could be detected in their children.
Researchers concluded that women who took acetaminophen frequently to relieve pain or fever while they were pregnant were 40% more likely to have children later diagnosed with ADHD or other issues.
“We aren’t saying if you take one Tylenol once it will give your child hyperactivity,” said Dr. Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California Los Angeles. “You should just avoid chronic or long-term use.”
Researchers found that pregnant women who took acetaminophen regularly during the last two trimesters of pregnancy raised the probability of their children having ADHD or ADD severe enough to require medication to 63%. That percentage rose another 28% when the pregnant women used acetaminophen in the last trimester of pregnancy alone. However, the risk was only 9% when acetaminophen was used in the first trimester alone.
“It is important we follow up [on] the potential health risks that acetaminophen may cause,” Zeyan Liew, a Ph.D. candidate with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an author on the study, told the Huffington Post. “ADHD incidence has been noticed to be increased in the last decades, and we are interested in searching for avoidable environmental factors that may contribute to the trend.”
Tylenol and Acetaminophen Personal Injury Cases
Research shows that Tylenol® causes a variety of side effects and may increase the risk of liver failure and other serious health complications in otherwise healthy people prescribed the Acetaminophen pain reliever. Specifically, Tylenol® and other Acetaminophen products have been shown to increase the risk of liver problems, including liver damage and/or liver failure. These products have been sold for years with inadequate warning and instructions, which could have reduced or prevented the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injury.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms within a week of ingesting Tylenol® Acetaminophen products:
- Hospitalization resulting from severe liver injury or liver problems
- Liver failure
- Liver transplant or being placed on the transplant list
- Possible death or loss of life from liver failure
The Strom Law Firm is Investigating Cases of Tylenol or Acetaminophen Personal Injury
The personal injury attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, based in Columbia, SC, are now investigating and evaluating cases against Tylenol®, the popular Acetaminophen drug. Some users of Tylenol® have been diagnosed with liver damage after taking the medication. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. 803.252.4800