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pregnant woman holding pill bottleA new lawsuit suggests acetaminophen or Tylenol usage during pregnancy can increase risk for autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Do I Qualify for the Tylenol Autism ADHD Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one used acetaminophen extensively during pregnancy and the child was later diagnosed with autism or ADHD, you may be entitled to compensation.

About the Tylenol Autism ADHD Lawsuits

According to a study published in American Family Physician, 40 to 65 percent of women take acetaminophen during pregnancy. Plaintiffs in the Tylenol ADHD Autism Lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, were aware of the possible connection between their popular pain reliever and these developmental disorders, but failed to properly warn consumers.

Despite alleged knowledge of these risks, Johnson & Johnson continued to market Tylenol as the safest option for pain and fever relief during pregnancy. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for those impacted by prenatal use of acetaminophen products and it’s link to autism and ADHD. A warning label has also been recommended.

Acetaminophen Use and Autism

The class action lawsuit is based on several large epidemiological studies that suggest a potential relationship between prenatal acetaminophen use and the development of autism or ADHD in children.

A Consensus Statement from 91 medical experts, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, warned that Tylenol usage during pregnancy can alter fetal development and increase a baby’s risk of autism by 20 percent.

Acetaminophen Use and ADHD

Scientific research studies have also suggested a possible connection between prenatal use of acetaminophen and ADHD in children. One study found that women who reported taking acetaminophen more than six times during the first half of their pregnancy had a two-fold increased risk for the baby developing ADHD.

Another study found that prenatal acetaminophen use was associated with an increased risk of hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms in children at ages 5 and 7.