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Tylenol use during pregnancy linked to ADHD

Tylenol is often recommended to pregnant women to relieve pain and fever, but a new study suggests that pregnant women who take Tylenol and other medications containing acetaminophen long-term have a twofold increased risk of having a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Acetaminophen is available over-the-counter as well as by prescription in higher doses. An estimated 65 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. take the medication to relieve pain and fever. And while the medication is considered safe for pregnant women if taken short term, researchers with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health caution pregnant women against “continuous ... Read More

McNeil settles lawsuits over OTC medicines

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil PPC has agreed to pay $33 million to 42 states to resolve claims that the company sold contaminated over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to consumers, the New Jersey Law Journal reports. The settlement stems from an investigation by the Attorneys General of Texas and Pennsylvania following multiple recalls from 2009 to 2011 involving McNeil medicines manufactured at the company’s Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, plant. The recalls involved issues such as unusual odors and strange particles in bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops. Medicines affected also involved pediatric ... Read More

Long-term use of Advil, Tylenol linked to hearing loss

Using common over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol for an extended period of time may contribute to hearing loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers examined data regarding use of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), as well as self-reported hearing loss, of more than 54,000 women between the ages of 48 and 73 enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study. They found that longer duration of ibuprofen or acetaminophen use was tied to a greater risk of hearing loss. The increased risk was not seen with aspirin use. Longer duration was defined as ... Read More

Studies link prenatal exposure to Tylenol to increased risk of asthma, hyperactivity

Pregnant women have been lead to believe that the painkiller Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a safe for developing fetuses, but two new studies show that prenatal exposure to the widely used medicine can increase the risk of asthma or hyperactivity by the time that child reaches 7 years of age. The first study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, evaluated more than 53,000 children from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study for current asthma at ages 3 and 7. Researchers also noted maternal use of acetaminophen during pregnancy. They found that women who used the pain reliever while pregnant increased ... Read More

hyperactivity in children linked to acetaminophen use during pregnancy

Doctors are often leery of recommending prescription or over-the-counter medications to their pregnant patients because of concerns of causing harm to developing fetuses. But a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has linked one common medicine that has long been given the green light for pregnant women to hyperactivity in their children. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and various generic over-the-counter medicines, as well as some prescription painkillers. It is also found in medication for allergies, colds, flu and sleeplessness. It is considered safe for pregnant women, with more than half of women in the U.S. and Europe ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson still profiting despite losing personal injury lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has been slammed with litigation, paying millions to plaintiffs claiming they were injured by the company’s products. But those hits are not enough to keep several brokerages from upgrading the ratings for Johnson & Johnson stock. Goldman Sachs, for example, recently changed its prognosis to “neutral” after holding it at “sell” for 14 months. But the company’s luck may eventually run out. On Feb. 22, a state jury in Missouri slapped the company with a $72 million verdict in a lawsuit that blamed the company’s talcum power products for causing a woman’s ovarian cancer death. Johnson & ... Read More

Acetaminophen tablets recalled due to labeling error

Medline Industries, Inc. is recalling bottles of acetaminophen tablets because the bottles are mislabeled as “Acetaminophen 325mg” when they actually contain 500mg. The error is not easily identifiable by the user or prescriber, and if taken at the maximum labeled dose of every four hours, five doses a day, or with other medications containing acetaminophen, patients may suffer liver toxicity or liver failure. Acetaminophen is sold over-the-counter under brand names like Tylenol and is used to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to arthritis, muscular aches, back aches, headaches, toothaches, the common cold, and premenstrual and menstrual cramps. The medication ... Read More

Plaintiffs gear up for Tylenol liver damage lawsuit

Plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) claiming the companies’ popular over-the-counter painkiller Tylenol caused liver damage, filed a motion to stop the defendants from testifying that their own family members have taken the medicine. The plaintiffs steering committee (PSC) argued that allowing such testimony would only prejudice juries. Plaintiffs cited a March 2014 ruling in a different lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving the OTC painkiller Motrin and the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome. In that case, a Louisiana federal court granted a plaintiff’s request ... Read More

Prolonged use of Tylenol during pregnancy linked to birth defects in male babies

Tylenol and other medicines containing acetaminophen have long been considered a safe painkiller for pregnant women, but a new study from the University of Edinburth has found that prolonged use of acetaminophen – also known as paracetamol – during pregnancy can drive down testosterone levels in those taking the medicine leading to reproductive disorders in male babies. Researchers gave laboratory mice three doses of acetaminophen every day for a week, and found that the mince given acetaminophen had a 45 percent reduction in testosterone compared to mice who were not given the medicine. Testosterone is produced in the testicles and serves ... Read More

Tylenol shown ineffective for back, arthritis pain relief

The popular over-the-counter painkiller Tylenol is no more effective as a placebo in treating back pain, knee or hip pain, or arthritis, according to a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Tylenol contains the active drug ingredient acetaminophen, which is also available in various OTC brands as well as in greater doses and/or in combination with other drug ingredients in many prescription medications. The review, conducted by Australian researchers, involved three randomized trials that pitted the effects of acetaminophen against a placebo for spinal pain, and 10 trials evaluating the drug for relieving the pain of osteoarthritis. In total, the analysis ... Read More