Paracetamol use in pregnancy linked to an increased risk of autism and ADHD

Paracetamol use in pregnancy linked to an increased risk of autism and ADHD

 

JERUSALEM,.  New research has found more evidence to suggest that taking paracetamol during pregnancy could potentially cause harm to a woman’s unborn child, finding that prolonged use may increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and ADHD.

Carried out by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the new meta-analysis is the most comprehensive study yet to look at the possible association between prolonged use of paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy and the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The analysis looked at data from 132,738 mother and child pairs who were followed for between three to 11 years, with the results showing that there was an association between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and an increased risk for ADHD, ASD and hyperactivity symptoms.

Prolonged exposure was linked to a 30 per cent increased risk for ADHD (compared to those who did not take acetaminophen during pregnancy) and a 20 per cent increased risk for ASD.