Pain Reliever Paracetamol Associated with Increased Risk of Autism, ADHD: Study

Researcher In Spain, data have shown a possible association between prenatal exposure to a common pain reliever Paracetamol and an increased risk of developing higher cases of autism and attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, according to the results of a study published Friday.

to study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, and its results were based on an analysis of 73,881 maternal and child couples in Europe.

Children who were prenatally exposed to acetaminophen, also known as acetaminophen, were found to be 19% more likely to develop autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and 21% more likely to develop ADHD than children who were not exposed.

“These results replicate previous work and help provide clear information to pregnant women and their partners about the potential long-term risks of taking paracetamol,” said researchers from the University of Barcelona.

The researchers noted that the study results should be “interpreted with caution” and should not be viewed as definitive evidence of an association. The study found “no association” between postpartum exposure to acetaminophen and symptoms of ASC, according to a press release from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.


It is estimated that 46% to 56% of pregnant women use acetaminophen at some point during their pregnancy, according to the institute.

“Given all the evidence of paracetamol use and nervous system development, we agree with previous recommendations that paracetamol should not be suppressed in pregnant women or children, but only when needed,” the researchers added.

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