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Popular Medication May Be Causing Hyperactive Kids

According to study of pregnant women taking acetaminophen

(Newser) - A popular medication among pregnant women is linked to higher rates of hyperactivity in children, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics . CNN reports acetaminophen is found in Tylenol, as well as cold, flu, and allergy medicines. The study's author, Evie Stergiakouli, says it's "considered... More »

Tylenol Ingredient May Dull Your Empathy

Study finds link with acetaminophen

(Newser) - If the results of a new study hold up to further research, Tylenol may have to start coming up with a new warning label: "may cause a lack of empathy." Researchers studying acetaminophen—the active painkiller in Tylenol and about 600 other medicines—found people taking it showed... More »

Acetaminophen Helps Your Back Pain? Maybe Not

Study finds it's no better than a placebo for low back pain

(Newser) - Thinking of popping a Tylenol? A new study suggests you may want to save yourself some money and take a sugar pill instead. Researchers looked at the usefulness of acetaminophen in managing low back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee—and they found that in such cases, the... More »

Kids' Tylenol Knowingly Sold With Metal Bits in It

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary pleads guilty, will pay $25M

(Newser) - It's the kind of news parents would want a company to admit to—but really don't want to hear: A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary will pay $25 million after pleading guilty yesterday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter Infants' and Children's Tylenol and Children'... More »

New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD

New study finds use during pregnancy is linked to 'ADHD-like behaviors'

(Newser) - The bad news about acetaminophen just keeps on coming: A new study finds that use of the drug during pregnancy is linked to "ADHD-like behavioral problems" in children, CNN reports. The Danish study looked at data from more than 64,000 children and found that those who had prenatal... More »

Baby Tylenol Sent Through Mail Causes Anthrax Scare

Assistant district attorney sent it to colleague as a joke

(Newser) - Pro tip: Probably not a great idea to send Tylenol through the mail, unless you're using an envelope with a lot of padding. An assistant district attorney in Queens did not heed that advice, however, and when the Tylenol he sent to a fellow prosecutor got crushed into powder... More »

Acetaminophen Kills 150 Americans a Year: Report

And the toll doesn't have to be that high, investigative report concludes

(Newser) - The FDA has been dragging its feet when it comes to regulating acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other drugs—or at least implementing safety precautions, and Americans have been dying as it does so, a new Pro Publica / This American Life investigation concludes. Over the past... More »

Tylenol Caps Get New Warning

Acetaminophen overdose is top cause of liver failure in US

(Newser) - Acetaminophen overdose is the top cause of liver failure in the US—and concerns about the widespread pain-relief ingredient have been growing. Starting in October, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil will stick a new warning on the caps of Extra Strength Tylenol, reading: "Contains acetaminophen. Always read the label,... More »

FDA: Tylenol Can Cause Rare Skin Diseases

Still, it's not recommending consumers switch to another pain reliever

(Newser) - The FDA is warning consumers that acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol—can cause rare skin diseases characterized by rashes, blisters, and, very occasionally, extreme damage to the skin's surface. The agency hastened to add that it wasn't advising that everyone abandon acetaminophen in favor of another pain... More »

Got Some Existential Angst? Try Tylenol

Study suggests it eases non-physical pain, too

(Newser) - This could make for some interesting commercials: A new study suggests that Tylenol not only eases physical aches, but existential ones, too, reports Psych Central . Researchers found that people asked to brood about their own deaths were less, um, broody if they popped a Tylenol as opposed to a sugar... More »

Slight Tylenol Overdose Can Be Fatal

Continued small overdose kills more than single overdose: study

(Newser) - When the label says not to exceed 5 tablets in 24 hours, take it seriously. Tylenol may seem innocuous, but a repeated slight overdose of the drug can be life-threatening, a study finds. In what’s known as a “staggered overdose,” people take a little too much of... More »

Unabomber: FBI Wants My DNA in Tylenol Investigation

Ted Kaczynski says he's not the culprit, though

(Newser) - The Unabomber case just took a weird twist: The FBI has him on its list of suspects in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people, reports the Chicago Tribune . Ted Kaczynski himself made the revelation in legal papers he filed seeking to block a federal auction of his personal... More »

FDA Takes Over 3 Tylenol Plants

Johnson & Johnson division under scrutiny for manufacturing practices

(Newser) - After multiple drug recalls and an FDA safety probe, federal authorities are taking control of three Tylenol plants, CNNMoney reports. The plants, run by Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil division, are in trouble for dodging federal manufacturing rules; now, the company has agreed to let the FDA supervise the three—... More »

Children's Tylenol, Other Drugs Recalled

FDA reviews possible manufacturing flaws at Pa. company

(Newser) - The FDA is investigating a health-care company following its recall of more than 40 over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medications. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, issued the voluntary recall last night for children's versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. The possible manufacturing deficiencies... More »

FDA: Tylenol Maker Delayed Recall of Tainted Drugs

Regulator issues warning letter over moldy-smelling OTC products

(Newser) - The maker of Tylenol waited more than a year to recall products it knew were chemically tainted, the FDA alleged in a warning letter to the company today. The agency says McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products, a division of Johnson & Johnson, learned in 2008 that some batches of Tylenol, Motrin,... More »

Tylenol's Dangers 'Sneak Up on People'

Unknowingly mixing acetaminophen products may cause ODs

(Newser) - Experts say we needn’t be scared off by a panel’s push for limits on acetaminophen—but it’s important to take it in moderation, which can be harder than it sounds, writes Melinda Beck in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s sneaking up on people,” says... More »

Easy on the Tylenol: FDA Panel

(Newser) - An outside panel reporting to the Food and Drug Administration recommended today that the maximum daily dosage of Tylenol be reduced and the Extra Strength variety of the painkiller be available only by prescription, Bloomberg reports. The panel of advisers, whose suggestions are nonbinding, noted acetaminophen’s effect on the... More »

FBI Searches Home of Tylenol Killings Suspect

Case of seven deaths in 1982 poisoning remains unsolved

(Newser) - FBI agents are searching the former residence of a suspect in the deaths of seven people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol in 1982, the Boston Globe reports. The case has never been solved, and agents say they are reviewing all related evidence. James W. Lewis lived in the Boston-area apartment after... More »

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