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The Connection Between Tylenol (Acetaminophen) and Disorders Like ADHD and ASD in Children


Tylenol (Acetaminophen), one of the most popular over the counter medications for pain relief and high fever, has been linked to an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other developmental disorders in children exposed to Acetaminophen during pregnancy.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study, exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to increased risks of ADHD and autism in children. The study was conducted on 996 infants. According to the results, the children of women who consumed acetaminophen during pregnancy were highly vulnerable to ADHD and autism.

Research has concluded that the children of women who took Tylenol / Acetaminophen during pregnancy experienced elevated risks of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Researchers from Denmark and Spain conducted studies on birth cohorts and groups that totaled over 65,000 children and mothers, and found that acetaminophen exposure was associated with higher rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Developmental Disorder.

Further, a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology studied over 130,000 pairs of mothers and children and found a 20% higher risk of autism and a 30% higher risk of ADHD for children who had prolonged exposure to acetaminophen in the womb.

Is Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Safe?

Tylenol contains acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or by the name “APAP”. Acetaminophen is also an ingredient in a number of over-the-counter medications such as cough and cold remedies and is an ingredient in certain prescription medications. Doctors state that acetaminophen or Tylenol in low doses is suitable for use by pregnant women.

Health professionals warn against prolonged use of acetaminophen due to the health risks it may pose. The links between Tylenol and Autism or ADHD are still being studied and more sweeping scientific information will be available in the years to come.

Autism and ADHD are on the rise in the United States:

  • 1 of every 44 8 year-old children are diagnosed with Autism
  • ADHD affects almost 10% of children between the ages of 9 and 17

This new study builds off decades of scientific research conducted on birth cohorts and mother-child pairs: summarizing evidence which chronicles the usage patterns, diagnoses, health impacts, and more over long periods of time relating to the use of Acetaminophen during pregnancy. And that acetaminophen use for less than two weeks total during pregnancy, carried the least risk. Over two weeks showed a greater risk for adverse events.

Acetaminophen as an Ingredient in Medications

In addition to name-brand Tylenol and generic acetaminophen sold as pain and fever remedies, it is a common ingredient in other medications sold over-the-counter and in a number of prescription medications used mainly for pain treatment.

Examples of OTC medications containing acetaminophen:

  • Tylenol
  • Tylenol Cough and Cold
  • Tylenol Sinus
  • Excedrin
  • DayQuil / NyQuil
  • Theraflu
  • Robitussin Multi-Symptom
  • Coricidin
  • Advil Dual Action
  • Generic or Store Brand Products

Because the medications are so common, the science groups are recommending that women who are pregnant be advised to “forgo” acetaminophen use whenever possible and to only use it at the lowest dose, for the shortest time when it is medically necessary.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how people communicate and interact with others. It can cause people to have trouble with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and flexibility in thinking and behavior.

ASD is a spectrum disorder because it affects each person differently. Some people with ASD have mild symptoms, while others have severe symptoms. Some people can live independently, while others need ongoing support from family members or caregivers.

ASD typically appears during early childhood, but some children do not show signs until later in life. In some cases, ASD may not be diagnosed until adulthood.

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity that affects people of all ages. It is a common disorder in children, affecting about 10% of school-age children. It’s also common among adults: an estimated 25% to 67% of those diagnosed with ADHD during childhood continue to have symptoms into adulthood.

The main features of ADHD include inattention and distractibility, impulsivity (difficulty waiting for things or being able to control your actions), and hyperactivity (overactive behavior).

Assessing Damages

Assessing Damages means collecting information and calculating any and all losses associated with your case, economic and non-economic.

In a Tylenol case, damages may include:

  • Medical costs and bills
  • Pain and suffering, mental health effects
  • Lost wages or income
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability

If you are a parent who used acetaminophen during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with ADHD or autism, you may be able to get compensation for their wrong doing. We are here for any parent who regularly used Tylenol or other Acetaminophen product while pregnant and then had a child diagnosed with ADHD or Autism. You may be entitled to significant compensation.

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