Autism Acetaminophen LinkOur lawyers are investigating potential Tylenol autism lawsuits for parents and their children throughout the Unites States. A class action lawsuit for Tylenol autism cases has been filed in federal court. If a judge approves the proposed class in the litigation, lawyers may tee up Tylenol autism lawsuit actions in state courts across the country.
These new acetaminophen autism lawsuits have sprung from new scientific research that suggests Tylenol or generic acetaminophen ingested during pregnancy may increase the risk of birthing an autistic child. This new evidence linking Tylenol to autism has led to a growing number of product liability lawsuits potentially being filed against manufacturers and retailers by parents of children with autism.
Acetaminophen can be found in popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication Tylenol.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Many parents have given their children acetaminophen in various meds (including Tylenol) that may trigger autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder has sadly become almost commonplace in the last few decades. Sesame Street now features an autistic character. Symptoms of autism include trouble with communications, social interaction, personal relations with others.
Until recently, a child could not be diagnosed with autism until reaching the age of three or four, but more autism studies have led to diagnosing children at earlier ages. Identifying a specific cause of the disorder, however, remains a subject of debate for many medical professionals.
Understanding Autism Book
The father of an autistic child appears to have made some headway in identifying the autism acetaminophen link. Steve Schultz is a scientist who has identified what appears to be a trigger for autism. Mr. Schultz researched the subject after his son became autistic. He has concluded that the cause in his son’s case is not a result of the MMR vaccine, but rather that his son’s autistic symptoms resulted from the heavy doses of acetaminophen which Mr. Schultz gave his son Nathan after he had a bad reaction to the MMR vaccine. The father wrote a book about his son called: Understanding Autism: My Quest for Nathan.
In addition, Dr. Brian Udell, M.D., has been discussing the apparent link between Autism and Acetaminophen. A specialist who practices in South Florida, Dr. Udell also addresses the historical connection between acetaminophen and autism. He explains why he thinks the pharmaceutical industry should add a warning label on drugs that contain acetaminophen.
Because acetaminophen has been linked with autism, many doctors have now cautioned that pregnant woman and small children should avoid ingesting this medication.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers are predicting that the rising number of Tylenol autism lawsuits will result in a new class action. There may eventually be a settlement, someday, to compensate parents of autistic children and their children, though nothing is ever certain in civil litigation. Meanwhile, our plaintiffs’ lawyers, who work nationwide, are evaluating new Tylenol autism cases. If you are a parent whose child used Tylenol (acetaminophen) and was later diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorder , you are invited to contact our law firm for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Tylenol autism lawsuit.
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Tylenol Autism Link
Acetaminophen is found in many forms of Tylenol, one of the country’s best-selling over-the-counter (OTC) medications for several decades. Nearly every person in the U.S. has likely taken Tylenol at least once in their lifetimes. Millions use it on a regular basis for aches and pains. An estimated 20% of U.S. citizens uses Tylenol or acetaminophen-laced meds weekly.
Tylenol was, for many years, believed to be entirely safe. However, acetaminophen has never been well understood. Scientists still don’t know how it might relieve pain or reduce fever.
Acetaminophen marketed to Pregnant Women
Pregnant women have been the targets of acetaminophen marketing for many years. It has long been sold as their safest option for pain and fever. Acetaminophen has even been marketed as the only safe OTC pain med for pregnancy. That marketing blitzkrieg helped convince the public that Tylenol was completely safe for pregnant women and their babies.
Acetaminophen’s supposed safety profile, however, began to markedly change in the last year. Red flags began to fly after publication of new medical research over Tylenol use during pregnancy. The September 2021 issue of the journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology featured a warning in a Consensus Statement that Tylenol or acetaminophen used during pregnancy can increase a child’s autism risk.
The statement from the 91 experts summarized a growing body of epidemiological research and animal testing which has indicated that fetuses exposed to acetaminophen can suffer developmental issues and increase their risk of neurodevelopmental harms. This research has included 29 observational studies with more than 220,000 mother-child pairs worldwide.
Most of those studies identified a link between heavy use of Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy and higher rates of autism. Specifically, the studies found that extended Tylenol used during pregnancy increased a newborn’s risk of autism by 20%.
Studies cited in the Consensus Statement also indicated correlation between autism risk level and duration and amount of acetaminophen use during pregnancy. The volume of Tylenol used during pregnancy was typically equated with higher autism rates.
Like Dr. Brian Udell, authors of the Consensus Statement concluded with a recommendation that medical professionals, public health agencies, and drug makers (with labels) warn people about Tylenol’s potential risks during pregnancy.
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Anyone who took Tylenol during pregnancy and later gave birth to a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is invited to call 713-522-5250 or email us for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Tylenol autism lawsuit.