Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Falls Under Scrutiny

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An international group of 13 scientists has published an article in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, advocating for the health care community to reconsider the use of acetaminophen (APAP), such as Tylenol, during pregnancy.

The authors found ample evidence of birth defects in 26 of the cases reviewed. This included neurological, urological, and reproductive disorders in fetuses. The authors further identified links to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), language delays, and decreased IQ.

Please note that the authors called for further research into the issue of APAP use during pregnancy.

For now, these authors—hailing from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S.— recommended that pregnant women forgo taking APA unless “medically indicated.” Even with physician approval, the authors encouraged women to minimize exposure by using the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. They conceded, however, that APAP is the only drug currently available for pain management during pregnancy.

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