N-acetyl-p-aminophenol (APAP), otherwise known as acetaminophen, is the active ingredient in more than 600 medications used to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce fever. Tylenol is the most popular over-the-counter drug that contains acetaminophen. “Studies show over 50% of pregnant women use Acetaminophen.” Liew et al., 2016.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a conglomerate of studies since 2018 has revealed “a 20% higher risk of autism and a 30% higher risk of ADHD for children who had prolonged exposure to acetaminophen in the womb.”
Calls For Warning
APAP has long been considered appropriate for use during pregnancy. However, new data, including experimental and epidemiological data suggest that prenatal fetal development causes neurodevelopmental issues. Some of these issues can be linked to ASD, which is autism spectrum disorder.
Currently, the label includes the terminology, “If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use.” However, there are no warnings related to the increased risks of Autism Spectrum Disorder if APAP is taken while pregnant.
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm
Here at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, we are taking on Tylenol cases that could be linked to autism. If you or a loved one were told that it was safe to take Tylenol during your pregnancy, and your child has suffered from ASD, please give us a call here at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970.
Date: Oct 4, 2022
Author: Brandon Salter