Study: Tylenol during pregnancy could cause ADHD

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that taking Tylenol while pregnant could have negative effects on your baby, but not all doctors are convinced.

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol could cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when taken for an extended period of time while pregnant.

Dr. Subodh Jain, a child and adolescent psychologist, disagrees with the new study and says Tylenol is still the best drug to cure pain in women who are pregnant.

"As far as we know, Tylenol is much safer than other medication which can be given for pain like ibuprofen and even aspirin is not even as safe as Tylenol because those are associated with other risk in pregnancy," Jain said.

According to the study, the causation between the medicine and mental condition only occurred when Tylenol was taken for more than thirty days at a time. Dr. Jain says other environmental factors should be considered when understanding the causes of ADHD.

"Cigarette smoking is primary cause of ADHD and then genetics or family history of ADHD. We know cigarette smoking is directly linked with ADHD."

Dr. Jain said he wants to see more research before he would back the study. He said understanding more than causation is important for understanding the drug and its affect on pregnancy.

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