Tylenol & Acetaminophen Lawyer

Our Tylenol lawsuit lawyers can help if you or someone you care about had a child who was diagnosed with autism or ADHD after taking acetaminophen while pregnant.

Recent studies have shown the risk of autism and ADHD diagnoses in a child increases if the mother took Tylenol or other acetaminophen products while pregnant.

Drug Lawsuit Source is currently investigating cases of autism and ADHD in children born to mothers who took Tylenol or acetaminophen while pregnant.

What is Tylenol & Acetaminophen Used For

Acetaminophen is an aspirin-free pain reliever and fever reducer. Tylenol is one of the most well-known brand names for acetaminophen in the US. Tylenol is owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and was first introduced in 1955 and made available over the counter in 1960.

A 2014 study found that using acetaminophen while pregnant increases the risk of ADHD-like behaviors in children, and suggested further investigation was needed to investigate these findings.

What are Autism and ADHD?

Autism and ADHD are two different neurodevelopmental disorders that impact the central nervous system and affect brain development. Both disorders are more common in boys, with overall diagnosis rates rising. According to the CDC, about 1 in 44 children in the US were diagnosed with autism in 2018, while in 2000 about 1 in 150 were diagnosed.

Autism usually begins before age 3 and generally lasts throughout a person’s life, though some symptoms may improve over time. People with autism may behave, communicate or learn in ways that are different from other people. The abilities of those with autism vary as well, some people may have advanced conversations and others may be nonverbal.

Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling their impulsive behaviors, and exhibiting overly active behaviors.

What are the Signs of Autism?

People with autism may have difficult social communication and interpersonal skills, such as:

  • Avoid making or keeping eye contact
  • Does not respond to their name by 9 months old
  • Does not show facial expressions by 9 months old
  • Does not play interactive games, like pat-a-cake, by 12 months old
  • Does not point to something interesting by 18 months old
  • Does not notice other children or join them in play by 3 years old
  • Does not sing or dance for you by 5 years old

Those with autism also exhibit some restricted or repetitive behaviors such as:

  • Lining up toys and getting upset when the order is changed
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over
  • Plays with toys the same way every time
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Focuses on parts of objects
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Flaps hands, spins self in circles, or rocks body back and forth
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things taste, sound, feel or smell

What are the Signs of ADHD?

ADHD, also known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is characterized by excessive inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity behaviors. Although it is normal for children to have trouble focusing, kids with ADHD do not outgrow these behaviors, and they may cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. Someone with ADHD may exhibit behaviors such as:

  • Constant daydreaming
  • Forgetting often, or losing items
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Talking too much
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Having trouble taking turns
  • Difficulty getting along with others
  • Difficulty staying on task
  • Impulsive behaviors

What are the Connections Between Tylenol/Acetaminophen and Autism & ADHD?

In 2008 a study done by Stephen T. Schultz linked the possibility of a connection between autism and acetaminophen. In the survey, parents were asked whether their children were treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen after receiving the MMR vaccination. Researchers found that ibuprofen use was not associated with an increased risk of autism, but acetaminophen was.

JAMA Pediatrics published a study in 2014 that focused on more than 64,000 children and mothers that examined medication side effects. The study found that children born to women who used acetaminophen while pregnant were 13% to 37% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, treated with ADHD medications, or have ADHD-like behaviors by age 7. The risk was greater among mothers who used acetaminophen for more than 20 weeks during their pregnancy.

A 2017 study published in The Journal of Internal Medicine Research suggested the use of acetaminophen in babies and young children may be associated with autism, and autism may be “an acetaminophen-induced brain injury.”

In May 2021 the University of Barcelona published a study in the European Journal of Epidemiology that looked at more than 73,000 mother and child pairs across Europe. They found that children exposed to acetaminophen before birth were 19% more likely to be diagnosed with autism and 21% more likely to show signs of ADHD.

Are There Current Tylenol and Autism & ADHD Lawsuits?

Yes, a group of plaintiffs filed a motion on July 10, 2022, with the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which seeks to consolidate acetaminophen autism lawsuits into a new class action. The motion identified 20 Tylenol autism lawsuits currently pending in various federal courts. All these cases involve nearly identical factual allegations and legal claims.

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How Do I File an Acetaminophen Lawsuit?

The first step is to contact a dangerous drug attorney to discuss your case. Our experienced lawyers will listen to your story to determine if you meet the case criteria.

If your child was diagnosed with autism or ADHD and you used acetaminophen products like Tylenol while pregnant, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Our legal team will request all of your medical records to support your case. These records will prove that you were prescribed the drug and took the dosages prescribed by your doctor.

Contact our Tylenol Lawsuit Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one used Tylenol while pregnant and their child has been diagnosed with autism or ADHD, contact Drug Lawsuit Source for your free case review. We work with a team of top pharmaceutical lawyers in the United States to help victims of dangerous drugs. Our legal team will review your medical records to determine if you have a case.

If you qualify for a claim, we will start your case immediately. We charge no fees unless we win a settlement.

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