Popular Pain Killer Linked to ADHD, Tourette Syndrome

Published 02/24 2014 04:33PM

Updated 02/24 2014 04:34PM

Acetaminophen,  better known as Tylenol,  is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever during pregnancy.
Now, a new study finds pregnant women who take it  may be exposing their unborn baby to an increased risk of behavioral problems, like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and hyperkinetic disorders like Tourette Syndrome.

UCLA researchers studied more than 64,000 children and their mothers. More than half of the mothers reported using acetaminophen while pregnant.

Results show the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy appeared to be associated with a higher risk of hyperkinetic disorders, or of having ADHD-like behaviors at age 7.

The study showed  a stronger likelihood of behavior problems in children  when women used acetaminophen in more than one trimester. Results of the study are in the Journal Pediatrics.

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