Study: Popular pain reliever may be linked to ADHD, behavioral problems in children

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There are new warnings about a commonly recommended drug for pain relief.

Doctors recommend pregnant women take acetaminophen for minor pain but a new study suggests the use of the pain-killer during pregnancy could be associated with behavioral problems in children.

The Danish study looked at data from more than 64,000 children and found the kids who had ADHD were linked to mothers who used acetaminophen more often and later in pregnancy.

Experts say the drug may be interfering with maternal hormones that are critical for fetal brain development but add the conclusions are not definitive.

The maker of Tylenol released the following statement, “Tylenol has one of the most favorable safety profiles among over-the-counter pain relievers. If pregnancy or breastfeeding, the consumer should ask a health professional before use.”

Many experts say more research needs to be done and add that you should always ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.


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