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Tylenol Trouble?; Pain Reliever Problem for New Moms?

NATIONAL NEWS (CNN)-- A common pain reliever is causing new concerns for soon-to-be moms.
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN)-- A common pain reliever is causing new concerns for soon-to-be moms. Pediatric researchers are warning that acetaminophen, or Tylenol, taken during pregnancy, could contribute to ADHD in children. The latest findings are the first results to show the association between ADHD-like behaviors in children whose mothers took the pain reliever while pregnant. The biggest increase was among women using acetaminophen the most often and later in pregnancy. Second and third trimester use meant a 44% higher chance of hyperactivity. In a written statement to CNN, Tylenol maker Johnson & Johnson says "Tylenol has one of the most favorable safety profiles among over-the-counter pain relievers. If pregnant or breastfeeding, the consumer should ask a health professional before use." Experts say more research *is* needed to determine whether acetaminophen really does contribute to ADHD. In the meantime, medical experts warn pregnant women not to replace acetaminophen with other pain medications. For more information on the study, click here.


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