Acetaminophen is now linked to asthma risk

Acetaminophen is now linked to asthma risk

Acetaminophen is now linked to asthma risk

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and other pain relieving drugs.

According to a report published in the journal Hepatology:

Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers (>100,000/year) and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year.

The FDA released a statement on January 14, 2014 warning about the dangers of acetaminophen on the liver. The agency changed prescription regulations for acetaminophen because of the dangers.

New research shows that acetaminophen is now linked to asthma risk.

When used during pregnancy, the medication showed an increased risk of asthma in the children.

The study abstract described the experiment:

We used information from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, including 53169 children for evaluation of current asthma at 3 years, 25394 for current asthma at 7 years and 45607 for dispensed asthma medications at 7 years in the Norwegian Prescription Database. We calculated adjusted relative risks (adj. RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) using log-binomial regression.

Children from the mothers who used acetaminophen while pregnant had a 13 percent higher risk of developing asthma by age 3. The more of the drug that was used, the higher the risk of asthma.

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#228B22″ class=”” size=”17″]“It’s generally best to avoid any medications during pregnancy, including acetaminophen, unless they’re absolutely necessary,” says Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading health expert and physician.[/pullquote]

The study authors concluded: “This study provides evidence that prenatal and infant paracetamol exposure have independent associations with asthma development. Our findings suggest that the associations could not be fully explained by confounding by indication.”

The study showing that acetaminophen is now linked to asthma risk was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Acetaminophen and the U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group: Lowering the Risks of Hepatic Failure.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Hepatology, July 2004. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.
2. “FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing Prescription Combination Drug Products with More than 325 Mg of Acetaminophen to Protect Consumers.” FDA.gov. U.S Food and Drug Administration, 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.
3. “FDA Finally Changes Prescription Recommendations for High-Dose Acetaminophen.” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, 26 Mar. 2014. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.
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6. “Prenatal and Infant Paracetamol Exposure and Development of Asthma: The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.” Oxford Journals. International Journal of Epidemiology, n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.

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