Analgesic acetaminophen links to high risk of autism, ADHD: study

researcher In Spain, data have emerged that suggest a potential link to prenatal exposure to common analgesics. Acetaminophen The results of a study published on Friday increase the risk of increased incidence of autism and attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder.

the study, Published the European Journal of Epidemiology, based on findings based on the analysis of 73,881 mother-child pairs in Europe.

Children exposed prenatally to paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, are 19% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders (ASC) and more likely to develop ADHD than unexposed children. It turned out to be 21% higher.

“These results recreate previous studies and support providing clear information to pregnant women and their partners about the potential long-term risks of acetaminophen use,” said a researcher at the University of Barcelona.

Researchers said the findings should be “carefully interpreted” and not considered conclusive evidence of the link. According to a press release from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, the study We found that there was “no association” between postnatal exposure to acetaminophen and ASC symptoms.

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According to the institute, an estimated 46% to 56% of pregnant women take acetaminophen at some point during pregnancy.

“Given all evidence of acetaminophen use and neurodevelopment, acetaminophen should not be suppressed in pregnant women and children, but should only be used when necessary. I agree with the recommendations, “the researchers added.