tcf-no-longer-accepting-cases20% Higher Risk of Autism Linked to High Doses of Acetaminophen

In 2018, a study found a 20% increased risk of autism for children who were born to women who used higher doses of acetaminophen. The researchers warned:

“Acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for ADHD, ASD, and hyperactivity symptoms.”

What is Acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen is used to reduce fevers and relieve mild or moderate pain. It is commonly sold under the brand-name Tylenol® by Johnson & Johnson, but acetaminophen is also found in more than 600 other prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Nyquil, Dayquil, Excedrin, Benadryl, and Midol. Acetaminophen may be called “paracetamol” or “APAP” on labels.

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder that usually show symptoms by the time a child is 2 years old. Autistic children may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, communication, and more.

The symptoms of autism range from mild to profound, which is why it is called a “spectrum.” Some high-functioning autistic children live independently as adults, while others need lifelong care every day.

The list of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes:

  • Autistic Disorder (not otherwise specified)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • High-functioning autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder
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