Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tylenol Causes ADHD?

Studies over the past few years have begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as it was once thought. A new study has shown an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the “risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behavioral problems or hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs) in children.”


Researchers found that “children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at higher risk for receiving a hospital diagnosis of HKD, use of ADHD medications, or having ADHD-like behaviors at age 7 years. Stronger associations were observed with use in more than 1 trimester during pregnancy.” They ultimately conclude “maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for HKDs and ADHD-like behaviors in children.”


What makes this study most profound is that acetaminophen is probably the most commonly used/prescribed drug for pain and fever during pregnancy. Women will want to look at more natural ways of addressing pain and discomfort during pregnancy like chiropractic and massage.


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