True Side Effects of Tylenol
by Barbara Minton, Natural Society:
A look at the shelf space devoted to Tylenol (acetaminophen) in drug and discount stores gives the impression that everyone is popping them like candy, and you should be too. Tylenol is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs taken worldwide for treatment of pain and fever. But that bubble seems to be bursting as more research documents the pitfalls of our love affair with this common drug solution. Keep reading to discover true acetaminophen side effects.
The latest is the finding published this year in JAMA Pediatrics that acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol), the active ingredient in Tylenol, may raise the risk of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), behavior problems, and hyperkinetic disorders by up to 40% in children whose mothers took the drug during pregnancy. And the more Tylenol taken, the greater the increase in risk. Previous findings from several investigations have shown that acetaminophen is a powerful hormone disruptor, and abnormal hormonal exposure during the fetal period may negatively influence brain development. Tylenol may also be neurotoxic to developing brain cells.
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