Tylenol Linked to Autism and ADHD

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Tylenol, also known as paracetamol or acetaminophen, is an over-the-counter drug used to reduce symptoms of pain relief and as a fever reducer as well. It is considered one of the most widely used pain relievers in the world.

For the longest time, acetaminophen has been used by many pregnant women as it was generally thought to be a safe drug during pregnancy. Tylenol is commonly prescribed to women experiencing fever during pregnancy.

However, recent and previous studies have indicated an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and a heightened risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

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Tylenol Linked to Autism and ADHD

A study by Johns Hopkins has found that children with the greatest amounts of acetaminophen present in their umbilical cord blood samples were significantly more likely to develop ADHD or autism spectrum disorder later in childhood than those who had lower levels.

Considering these studies relied on mothers’ self-reported intake of acetaminophen, skeptics have suggested that the findings may be distorted by biased recollection or a lack of an impartial assessment of prenatal exposure. As a result of this, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has abstained from offering recommendations regarding the use of Tylenol during pregnancy.

A study conducted in 2018 revealed that children who had prolonged prenatal acetaminophen exposure during fetal development were at a staggering 30% higher risk of developing ADHD, as well as 20% more likely to suffer from autism.

In 2021, Nature Reviews Endocrinology released a consensus statement from medical experts stating that there was a link between acetaminophen use and a higher risk for autism in children with utero exposure. This undeniable proof of the use of Tylenol linked to autism caused an outpouring of Tylenol autism lawsuits.


Several lawsuits have already been filed by families that believe that exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy may be the reason for their child’s condition. These claims allege that:
  • This product’s warning label failed to alert the public of the potential dangers associated with its use.
  • Taking Tylenol while pregnant caused their child to develop ADHD and/or autism
  • Johnson & Johnson was aware or should have been aware of the risks of their product
Despite observational studies showing the risk of autism and ADHD are much higher when exposed to acetaminophen, the makers of this still did not warn consumers of the risks of acetaminophen use. Subsequently, the acetaminophen autism ADHD lawsuits seek compensation for the children and families who have been affected due to the company’s negligence. Litigation is currently ongoing against major retailers, Johnson and Johnson, as well as generic acetaminophen manufacturers for alleged failure to warn consumers of the health risks caused by their product. The rising number of Tylenol autism lawsuits has caused a request for these cases to be gathered and merged into a new MDL Tylenol autism class action lawsuit.


Due to the newness of the Tylenol autism lawsuits, no lawsuit has gone to trial or been settled. Despite being uncertain as to whether these cases contain the scientific evidence needed for them to be successful in court, there is strong evidence that there is a causal link between Tylenol and autism. With deep-pocket defendants available to give settlement amounts and jury awards, we can assume that potential compensation payouts in these cases will be generous if they end up succeeding. Settlements could reach hundreds of thousands of successful, whereas jury payouts may result in millions. Potential payouts may be influenced by:
  • Loss of earning capacity for the child with autism or ADHD or lost wages for the parent
  • Expenses related to the condition (such as caregivers, assisted living devices, etc.)
  • How severely the condition impacts the child’s quality of life
  • Past or future medical expenses (such as therapy sessions, healthcare provider visits, additional medication, etc.)
  • Pain and suffering


You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party for autism and ADHD if:
  • Your child has been diagnosed with autism or ADHD and you used Tylenol during pregnancy
  • You were diagnosed with autism or ADHD after being exposed prenatally


With an experienced legal team by your side, you can focus on your family while they take care of the legal process. Your lawyer can:
  • Determine your eligibility to file a civil lawsuit
  • File your Tylenol autism lawsuit within the statute of limitations
  • Negotiate a fair Tylenol lawsuit settlement
  • Gather evidence and medical records to support your claim
  • Represent you in court


If you, or a loved one, used Tylenol or acetaminophen medications during pregnancy and your child was subsequently diagnosed with autism, you may be eligible to file a civil lawsuit. Through such proceedings, it is possible for those affected by this to receive financial compensation. As of now, research is emerging that Tylenol is linked to autism. If a jury finds this evidence of causation convincing enough in civil court cases, plaintiffs could be eligible for ample compensation. At Farahi Law Firm, we have helped hundreds of clients get the justice they deserve. Do not hesitate. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are available 24/7. We speak English, Spanish, and Filipino.

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