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The Link Between ADHD and Acetaminophen

Study links acetaminophen to ADHD risk Study links acetaminophen to ADHD risk | Image Credit: CNN

Acetaminophen taken by pregnant women may be linked to children with ADHD. A study, performed by researchers in Denmark, suggests that the use of the pain reliever acetaminophen could be linked with children who have symptoms similar to those found in ADHD.

The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, found a link between the pain reliever acetaminophen and behavioral issues in the children based on data from over 64,000 children enrolled in the Danish National Birth Control between 1996 and 2002, as reported by CNN.

Study links acetaminophen to ADHD risk | Image Credit: CNN

The database used in the study showed mothers who had taken acetaminophen during pregnancy reported having their child diagnosed with ADHD. The study, researchers agree, did not confirm a cause and effect of ADHD.

The study only showed the increased possibility of an ADHD diagnosis in mothers who took pain medicine containing acetaminophen. The link between acetaminophen and ADHD is still being researched, but the findings so far make it more important to talk with your doctor before taking any medication while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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