Excessive Use of Tylenol During Pregnancy Might Affect Unborn Children

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A new study by researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in Norway found that taking too much acetaminophen, the active painkiller in Tylenol, might be detrimental to a developing child during pregnancy.

A new study by researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in Norway found that taking too much acetaminophen, the active painkiller in Tylenol, might be detrimental to a developing child during pregnancy.

Tylenol is the most popular over the counter drug in the United States and many pregnant women take it for minor aches and pains.

According to one expert, 65 percent of expectant mothers will take acetaminophen during their pregnancy.

Previous research hasn’t found any dangers for pregnant women taking the recommended amount.

The latest study surveyed the mothers of 48 thousand children about their use of medication at 17 and 30 weeks of pregnancy as well as 6 months after birth, and completed a survey on the development of their child three years later.

The results of the survey show that long term use of acetaminophen lead to a 70 percent increase in behavior problems by age three.

Around 4 percent of the mothers who participated in the survey took Tylenol for 28 or more days while they were with child.

Children whose mothers had taken the painkiller reportedly had inferior motor skills, started walking later, and had problems with communication and language capabilities.

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