Researchers in Spain have released data that suggest a potential link between prenatal pain relief medication acetaminophen. and an increased risk for higher cases of autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. according to a study published Friday.
The study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, is based on an analysis of 73,881 European mother-daughter pairs.
Children who received prenatal paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen. It was found to be 19% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASC) and 21% more likely to develop ADHD than non-exposed children.
Researchers from the University of Barcelona said: “These results replicate previous work and encourage providing clear information to pregnant women and their partners about the potential long-term risks of use. acetaminophen
The researchers noted that the study̵7;s findings should “interpreted with caution” and does not constitute a clear proof of the link. The results of the study showed that “There was no relationship” between drug exposure. Acetaminophen and postpartum ASC, according to a press release from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
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The Institute states that approximately 46% to 56% of pregnant women use it. acetaminophen at some point during pregnancy
“Considering all the evidence on acetaminophen use and neurodevelopment, We agree with previous advice that although acetaminophen should not be withheld in pregnant women or children But it should only be used when needed,” the researchers added.