A new study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics indicates that mothers who take Tylenol during pregnancy may have an increased risk of giving birth to a child who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other problems later in childhood. Considering the fact that more than half of pregnant women use Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing products, the findings of this study could have serious implications for consumers throughout the country. If you or your child has suffered severe injuries you believe to be related to side effects of Tylenol, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous drugs, and can put you in touch with a knowledgeable Tylenol lawyer who can help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.
In the study, researchers examined 64,322 children and mothers enrolled in the Danish National Birth Cohort between 1996 and 2002, paying particular attention to reports of behavioral problems, ADHD medication prescriptions and hyperkinetic disorder (HKD) diagnoses. Their findings indicate that children exposed to acetaminophen in pregnancy were 29% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, and 37% more likely to suffer a hyperkinetic disorder by the age of seven. “Maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of HKDs and ADHD-like behaviors in children,” the researchers wrote. “Because the exposure and outcome are frequent, these results are of public health relevance but further investigations are needed.”
This evidence of a potential link between Tylenol use in pregnancy and ADHD comes as Tylenol maker Johnson & Johnson already faces more than 120 lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who have suffered liver damage and other serious side effects allegedly linked to the popular pain reliever. All of the Tylenol lawsuits involve similar allegations that J&J carefully constructed an image of a safe and effective blockbuster pain medication, all the while concealing important information about the link between Tylenol and liver failure side effects. As the Tylenol lawsuits continue to mount, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated all the cases for pretrial proceedings, centralized before U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Tylenol is one of the best-selling pain medications in the United States, used by millions of Americans as a fever reducer and pain reliever. However, in recent years, Tylenol’s active ingredient acetaminophen has been identified as a leading cause of liver injury, possibly leading to liver failure requiring a transplant for survival. In fact, according to the FDA, accidental acetaminophen overdose is responsible for more than 50,000 emergency room visits, including 25,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths, every year. If you believe you have been adversely affected by Tylenol liver injury side effects, contact a reputable product liability attorney who has experience handling Tylenol injury claims. With a qualified Tylenol lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical bills.
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