Does Tylenol Cause ADHD?

A new study found a correlation between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and ADHD.

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A long-term study of more than 64,000 children has raised concerns that extended use of medications with acetaminophen could increase the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study by UCLA and the University of Aarhus in Denmark found an increased likelihood of ADHD  nearly doubled when mothers used the painkiller for more than 20 weeks during pregnancy, UCLA's website reported.

The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics. Children and mother's were enrolled from 1996 to 2002 and at each trimester mothers were asked if they had used acetaminophen, Fox News reported. The study followed up with the same women when their children were 7 years old and asked about behavioral patterns and prescription rates of medicines such as Ritalin.

Forbes reported that the study found that the chances a child would end up being prescribed an ADHD medication later on rose by 50 percent. The story noted that acetaminophen – the active ingredient in medications such as Excedrin and Tylenol – can cross the placenta and make its way to the fetus.

The authors of the study state that it is plausible that acetaminophen could interrupt fetal brain development by interfering with maternal hormones or through neurotoxicity.

However, Forbes notes that the study could not establish "causation," only a correlation between the use of acetaminophen and later behavior problems.

rubberband March 20, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Snap? They say those of us who have ADHD lack focus....I've been waiting, patiently, for you all to return. THAT IS FOCUS. Never before have I been this focused.
Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> March 21, 2014 at 03:56 AM
I'm back!!! ah..... for the first time too!
Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> March 21, 2014 at 04:39 AM
SERIOUSLY. ADD and "a made up disease". I grew up, somehow with the dead serious idea I can't blame anything on anyone else, or blame some condition. I have only been to the doctors a handful of times in my life. Being told as an adult I have had ADD my whole life, I laughed at it. Not really sure their is such a thing, and not being able to blame anything... I scoffed at it. I would say things like "they tried to tell me I had"....or I really don't believe in it but my life just parallels it 200%...(and laugh it off). No way, I am not going to become a victim here. But the other side of me that KNEW. The first second I realized ...The first moment I could at least touch a tangible reason why their were literally 10,000 times in grade school were I said to myself, "from this exact moment on, I will concentrate, and never lose what the teacher is saying, without it EVER working. I knew why I couldn't get the homework done..but when I was on my Asthma medicine, I could get three days of homework done in two hours. Why I couldn't remember what I read, but on my Asthma medicine, I spent eight hours straight memorizing a book. I got 80 pages, and scared myself, Why I couldn't follow what the teacher said, but when she sent me down to spend a week in the principles office, I learned for the first time, I don't need a teacher to learn. I studied how the books had universal steps for each chapter, and did the whole weeks work by Tuesday afternoon. Why, when I transferred to a different high school I was given An IQ test because my grades were low. She concluded I was a little behind in English, but I rated borderline genius in logic. And as older, why I went to circuit city to by an appliance, and driving around to the pick up......well, I was halfway home before I realized I didn't pick it up. The circuit city trip situation is common. It all made 100% perfect sense. Yes the other part of me knew, and it was one of the best days in my life when I found out. I call myself A retarded genius, only because the things that is common in most, is different than my common. Remembering names, spelling, sticking to a list,....no. Everything I do, I learned by myself. I might be able to build A house, Re-glorify a 1926 Craftsman to exact original beauty, or make more than a doctor, (and lose more), But their is no way in hell I'm going to sit in a classroom and listen to someone explain it all day. I'll get it faster on my own. (If I don't drop the whole idea), And thank god for computers with spelling. So, Yes their really is ADD, absolutely. However, it is also over diagnosed, and drugs given to freely. ADD for those who don't have it, you will not understand this but, if I could wish it away, I wouldn't! Life is more of a joy for people with ADD. Heck, look at Rubberband. He has more joy than anyone here!! And as for tylon...spellcheck please..as for Tylenol, or Tylenol P.M. with a little booz, will start ripping your stomach and liver apart.
rubberband March 21, 2014 at 03:51 PM
^ what that guy said. I have complete focus...very intense focus....for extremely limited periods of time....Fajitas.......what?


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