Tylenol/Acetaminophen ADHD and Autism Lawyer

Pregnant women exercise a lot of caution for the safety of their unborn children. The FDA advises pregnant women to avoid raw seafood, caffeine, alcohol, undercooked meats, unpasteurized foods, and much more. Now, women may need to add Tylenol to their list of concerns. Recent studies show a link between Tylenol and certain neurological disorders like ADHD and autism. Some researchers caution that Tylenol use during pregnancy may impact brain development in babies.

What is Tylenol? 

Tylenol is a type of over-the-counter drug that contains acetaminophen. This medication acts as a pain reliever and fever reducer. People take Tylenol to alleviate discomforts like: 

  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Arthritis pain
  • Toothaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Fevers

Tylenol Use During Pregnancy

Many women experience pain and discomfort while pregnant. Pregnant women may look to Tylenol to ease aches and suffering. Two U.S. studies found that 65-70 percent of women used acetaminophen anytime during pregnancy. Health professionals generally consider Tylenol safe to use while pregnant.  

New scientific studies raise concerns over the effects of acetaminophen during pregnancy. In 2019, John Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Human Health Services found that babies exposed to acetaminophen were nearly three times more likely to develop ADHD or autism. Other studies in Denmark and Spain associated acetaminophen use while pregnant with higher rates of autism. 

In 2020 Columbia University found that acetaminophen impairs brain development in the fetus. This exposure may lead to ADHD and other neurological disorders. Researchers ask doctors to reconsider the side effects of Tylenol during pregnancy. 

The FDA on Tylenol 

The FDA places Tylenol under Pregnancy Category B. This means the drug has not shown fetal risks. The agency states it cannot make any recommendations at this time with the limited studies. Yet, the FDA advised that women should carefully consider pain medicines while pregnant and always consult their doctor. 

Disorders Linked to Tylenol

Various agencies found potential risks associated with Tylenol use during pregnancy. Babies of mothers who took Tylenol while pregnant may be diagnosed with: 

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Decreased IQ levels
  • Language delays
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Tylenol Lawsuits

In just a few weeks, 19 Tylenol lawsuits have been filed. These lawsuits target acetaminophen manufacturers and pharmacies. Experts expect more lawsuits in the coming months. These lawsuits claim that the manufacturers and pharmacies failed to inform consumers of the risks acetaminophen poses to babies during pregnancy. Companies withheld warnings that traced Tylenol use during pregnancy to autism and ADHD. Without this information, many women unknowingly exposed their babies to lifelong disorders.

If you used Tylenol while pregnant and your baby was diagnosed with autism or ADHD, you may be entitled to compensation. 

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