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Tylenol in pregnancy: why you will want to limit your use

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Tylenol/acetaminophen is used by over 50% of pregnant women in the US. Most care-providers presume that Tylenol is safe in pregnancy, but it is not completely without harm.

Tylenol use in pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of hyperkinetic disorders and ADHD-like behaviours in children. The risk increases with increased frequency of use, and when Tylenol is used in more than one trimester.

Tylenol also takes a toll on the liver – acetaminophen poisoning (typically doses of 4g per day) now accounts for 42% of cases of acute liver failure.

While it is unlikely that using Tylenol a few times over the course of your pregnancy will cause a problem, these are compelling reasons to explore alternatives for management of headaches, back pain, and pelvic pain. 

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Larson, A. (2005). Acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure: results of a United States multicenter, prospective study. Hepatology, 42(6): 1364-1372.

Liew, Z. et al. (2014). Acetaminophen use during pregnancy, behavioral problems, and hyperkinetic disorders. JAMA Pediatrics, 168(4): 313-320.

 

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