We’ve all taken this common over the counter drug. It is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States, maybe the world, and hospitals even make common use of it. But, ladies, don’t take this drug when you’re pregnant if you don’t want your kids to have asthma.
What is this drug?
Acetaminophen. You may be more familiar with the commercial name of this drug: Tylenol. Dr. Mercola writes,
“Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) is one of the most widely used pain relievers, including among pregnant women.
“Research published in the journal American Family Physician even called acetaminophen “the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy,” and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data suggest 65 percent of pregnant women use the drug.“
The problem with Acetaminophen, like so many pharmaceuticals is not that it’s not effective for it’s primary usage purpose. The problem is the unintended consequences of using that pharmaceutical. Dr. Mercola discusses the specifics of the acetaminophen / asthma link:
“Researchers analyzed data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, which includes 114,500 mother/child pairs. Both prenatal acetaminophen exposure and use of acetaminophen during infancy were associated with an increased risk of asthma at ages 3 and 7.
“Children whose mothers had used acetaminophen during pregnancy were 13 percent more likely to develop asthma by age 3, and the more acetaminophen used by the mother, the greater the risk became.
“The study also looked into whether the reasons behind acetaminophen use (pain, fever and flu) could be causing the asthma link, but the association remained even after accounting for these factors.”
Unfortunately, with the common usage of pharmaceuticals, our society has seen an increase in disorders that did not seem nearly as common in previous generations. The acetaminophen / asthma link is just one connection. Many people belive that a linkn exists between the widespread, often mandatory use of vaccines and the rise in autism in children. And acetaminophen takes another hit when you realize that the Food and Drug Administration is investigating a link between it’s use and ADHD in children.
The bottom line is that pregnant women should be extremely cautious about any pharmaceuticals that they take while pregnant. It’s not just the mother who may feel the impact of that “medicine.”