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Tylenol Lawsuit

Pregnant women who were treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and whose children developed Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be eligible to pursue a claim and seek financial compensation.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is an over-the-counter medication for fever and mild to moderate pain. In October 2022, lawsuits were filed against Costco, Walmart, and other retailers for failing to warn customers of the risk of developing autism and ADHD in children when acetaminophen is used by pregnant women. 

Contact Maxwell Law Group today if you or a loved one were treated with Tylenol during pregnancy and the child was later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We can answer your questions and review your case for free.

For help understanding your options if you’ve been injured by Tylenol, reach out to our firm or call (844) 525-7155.

What is Tylenol?

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, or Paracetamol) is a medication used to treat fever and relieve mild to moderate pain in various conditions such as headaches, muscle pain, period cramps, colds, sore throat, and toothaches. It was developed in the 1870s and is included in the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It is an over-the-counter medication and is also commonly prescribed by doctors, with over 4 million prescriptions in 2019.

Tylenol Quick Facts

 

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USES

Over the counter medication for fever and mild to moderate pain

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SIDE EFFECTS

Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children when used by their mothers during pregnancy

MANUFACTURERS

CVS, Costco, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Safeway

How Does Tylenol Work?

Although Tylenol’s exact mechanism of action is unclear, its fever and pain-relieving properties are attributed to inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins (a hormone responsible for inflammation) in the brain and its stimulating effect of serotonin pathways (a neurotransmitter that affects pain modulation).

Risks and Warnings

A Consensus Statement from 91 medical experts released in September 2021 summarized research literature linking acetaminophen use with fetal development alterations.

They found an association between exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy and an increased risk of adverse neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), language delay, and decreased intelligence quotient. Other effects of acetaminophen during pregnancy include reproductive system abnormalities and developmental delays.

The recommendation from the statement indicated that: pregnant women should forego using acetaminophen; they should consult with their physician if they are uncertain if use is indicated and before using it on a long-term basis; and they should minimize risk by using the lowest effective dose at the shortest possible time.

Tylenol’s side effects include the following:

  • Inflamed, peeling, or blistering skin
  • Rashes and hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Liver damage (with excessive use)

A Consensus Statement from 91 medical experts released in September 2021 summarized research literature linking acetaminophen use with fetal development alterations.

They found an association between exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy and an increased risk of adverse neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), language delay, and decreased intelligence quotient. Other effects of acetaminophen during pregnancy include reproductive system abnormalities and developmental delays.

The recommendation from the statement indicated that: pregnant women should forego using acetaminophen; they should consult with their physician if they are uncertain if use is indicated and before using it on a long-term basis; and they should minimize risk by using the lowest effective dose at the shortest possible time.

Tylenol’s side effects include the following:

  • Inflamed, peeling, or blistering skin
  • Rashes and hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Liver damage (with excessive use)

The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Do not wait to reach out to our firm or call (844) 525-7155 to see if you have a case.

Tylenol Lawsuits

Tylenol was the center of a lawsuit in 1994 when a plaintiff filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the medication caused them to develop liver issues, ultimately leading to liver failure. The jury awarded over $16 million in damages to the plaintiff.

On October 5, 2022, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) moved to consolidate 20 Tylenol lawsuits into MDL 3043 in the Northern District of California or the District of Minnesota. The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers of acetaminophen, including CVS, Costco, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Safeway, marketed the drug as the safest option for treating fever and relieving pain during pregnancy but caused their children to develop autism disorder and ADHD.

How Maxwell Law Group Can Help

If you or a loved one used acetaminophen during pregnancy and your child was later diagnosed with autism disorders or ADHD, Maxwell Law Group could help get you the compensation you deserve. Call (844) 525-7155 or fill out the form below, and we’ll investigate your case at no cost to you.

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