When pregnant, stay away from medicines

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There are some medicines that are thought to be safe during pregnancy. . . but we keep learning more from research daily.

Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen (Tylenol) was associated with a significantly increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity-like behavioral problems in children.

This was published in JAMA Pediatrics 2/24/14  and based on data from more than 60,000 children in Denmark.  The risk was increased by 13% among those whose mothers had used acetaminophen overall during pregnancy.  Although, when acetaminophen was used in the second and third trimesters, the risk increased by 44%.  When acetaminophen used during all three trimesters, the risk of ADHD-like behaviors was increased by 24%.

It is postulated (guessed) that acetaminophen may alter maternal hormones which play critical roles in regulating fetal brain development.



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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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