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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 »

OTC Painkiller May Make It Hard for You to Notice Errors

Past studies show acetaminophen can dull emotional pain

(Newser) - That Tylenol you just popped may do the trick when it comes to dulling your headache. But a new University of Toronto study finds that the painkiller's active ingredient, acetaminophen, may also put a damper on your ability to notice errors, Science Daily reports. "The core idea of... 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 »

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 »

FDA Cracks Down on 'Dangerous' Acetaminophen

Agency wants prescription combo drugs to contain no more than 325mg per dose

(Newser) - The FDA is taking steps to more closely regulate acetaminophen, issuing an official warning that doses over 325mg may hurt your liver. The FDA is asking doctors to stop prescribing "combination" drugs that contain more than that amount per dose—pain medications including Percocet, Vicodin, and codeine often contain... 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 »

US to Shower Guam With Dead Toxic Mice

PETA not pleased with snake-minded move

(Newser) - The US has a plan to deal with Guam's overwhelming snake population , and it's not sitting well with animal rights activists: In April or May, dead mice stuffed with acetaminophen will be parachuted into Guam. As the AP explains, the plan is built around the brown tree snakes'... 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 »

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 »

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