Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

The most common drug in America, acetaminophen, is an external analgesic that works as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol, DayQuil, Theraflu and Vicks contain acetaminophen, as well as prescription drugs including Vicodin and Oxycodone. Acetaminophen is often the drug the pediatrician’s office advises for feverish, inconsolable infants and children when they experience adverse effects from vaccines. Yet studies have found the popular drug plays a role in oxidative stress and inflammation from birth to early childhood in the induction of autism, ADHD, and asthma. Many studies show the go-to drug, once thought to be benign, is actually a neurotoxin, and places pregnant women, infants, and children at risk for serious adverse side-effects.

The role of oxidative stress, inflammation and acetaminophen exposure from birth to early childhood in the induction of autism

‘Most physicians are largely unaware of the varied and complex effects of acetaminophen on the nervous system and on metabolism.” “The possible role of acetaminophen exposure in neonates and young children in the pathogenesis of autism demands further study.”

Similarities in features of autism and asthma and a possible link to acetaminophen use

This study describes acetaminophen’s link to asthma and suggests a link with acetaminophen to immune anomalies in autism.

Prenatal and perinatal analgesic exposure and autism: an ecological link

“The synchronous rises in autism/ASD prevalence and paracetamol (acetaminophen) use, as well as biologic plausibility have led to the hypothesis that paracetamol exposure may increase autism/ASD risk.”

Associations between Acetaminophen Use during Pregnancy and ADHD Symptoms Measured at Ages 7 and 11 Years

“These findings strengthen the contention that acetaminophen exposure in pregnancy increases the risk of ADHD-like behaviours.”