Tylenol (Acetaminophen), one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications in the world, has been associated with a potentially increased risk of Autism in recent scientific studies.
The drug has been deemed safe by the healthcare community, but recent scientific studies have discovered that the children of women who take Tylenol while pregnant may experience an elevated risk of certain developmental disorders, including autism, ADHD, and more.
Legal action is being investigated against manufacturers and distributors on behalf of mothers and children affected by the drug, on the basis of scientific research. Learn more about the Tylenol ADHD Autism Lawsuit here.
Scientific studies have been conducted involving expectant mothers and their acetaminophen use, later following-up with children and their diagnoses.
These scientific and medical research studies may only skim the surface of the potential issue at hand. The scientific and medical validity of these studies has been debated, but researchers are insistent on their discoveries.
As the medication is so widely available and used, and research efforts have been relatively novel, we’ll only find more out about the potential links between Tylenol and Autism.
We are already aware that rates of Autism are increasing, but the causes of these increases have been debated.
While screening for developmental disorders has become more advanced and sensitive, researchers are pondering whether other environmental factors could have an influence on the increased rates of Autism over the past few decades.
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Yale University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, University of Aarhus, and others published this September 2021 paper in Nature Reviews: Endocrinology.
The researchers call for more scrutiny of paracetamol (acetaminophen), stating that prenatal exposure to the drug might alter fetal development, which could increase the risks of neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders.
The paper goes on to state that there has been a noticeable increase of diagnosed developmental disorders in children in recent years, along with an increase in the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy. Up to 65% of expectant mothers in the United States use the medication.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University studied the Cord Plasma Biomarkers, the blood in umbilical cords, and found that babies exposed to acetaminophen were two times more likely to be diagnosed with a developmental disorder.
The researchers used the Boston Birth Cohort, studying over 3,000 mother-infant pairs, 996 of which contained children who were later diagnosed with developmental disorders. The research study looked at children from 6 months of age up until 21 years-old.
Researchers defined the level of acetaminophen in cord plasma biomarkers using liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry techniques at the Broad Institute Metabolite Profiling Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, the levels of acetaminophen in blood samples could be correlated with the rates of Autism and ADHD diagnosis amongst participants.
The research methods used in this study have come under some scrutiny, as the levels of acetaminophen in blood samples were measured only after the baby was delivered and not throughout the pregnancy.
Israeli researchers conducted a meta-analysis of seven studies that totaled over 130,000 mother-child pairs and concluded that children of mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy had a 20% higher risk of Autism and a 30% higher risk of ADHD diagnoses.
These findings echo other studies that found an increased risk of neurological impacts on children of mothers who used acetaminophen or Tylenol during pregnancy.
If you or a loved one’s child has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that may be attributed to Acetaminophen exposure in the womb, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Gathering evidence that verifies your case for prenatal Acetaminophen exposure is crucial.
It must be proven that Tylenol or a generic equivalent was taken during pregnancy, and that your child was subsequently diagnosed with a neurological disorder related to documentary and scientific evidence.
Evidence for a Tylenol lawsuit may include:
After gathering evidence for your case, finding an attorney to handle your case and file a claim for compensation is the next step you should take.
A lawyer will guide you through the civil lawsuit process and keep you informed at every step of the way.
Law firms that have handled dangerous drug lawsuits before will understand the importance of the attorney client relationship and will treat you with the respect you deserve.
Assessing Damages refers to collecting information and calculating any and all losses associated with your case, economic and non-economic.
In a Tylenol case, damages may include:
The monetary amount of damages you may be able to recover depends on the evidence available and the specific facts of your case. Reach out to an attorney for more detailed information on damages and your claim.
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