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Taking Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Increase Your Child’s Risk of ADHD

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  • Research shows the more frequent the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy, the higher your child’s chances of being diagnosed with ADHD-related problems
  • Acetaminophen use during pregnancy was linked to a 30 percent increased risk for ADHD in the child, and a 37 percent increased risk of hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD
  • Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the US, and is responsible for an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year
  • Acetaminophen has also been linked to kidney dysfunction when taken with alcohol, potentially lethal skin reactions, blood cancers, and reduced antibody response when administered as prophylactic with vaccination

By Dr. Mercola

Many view over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as safe because they don't require a prescription. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many OTC drugs were previously carefully monitored prescription drugs.


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