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Tylenol during pregnancy safe or not?

Can anyone tell me if it is safe to take Tylenol while carrying? According to this site http://www.pregmed.org/pregnancy-and-flu-influenza.htm, it is safe to take Tylenol for fever and flu, while another research report http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childh...-risk-in-child says acetaminophen increases the risk of ADHD in the child. Has anyone taken Tylenol in pregnancy and has it led to any such complications?
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Unfortunately, if you take it, and your child later has ADHD, you won't know if he would have had it anyway, or if it was the Tylenol. I think it is wise to limit Tylenol, etc. to necessary situations - like, not for a regular headache, but if you have a migraine and something big at work, then sure.

Personally, I cannot take Tylenol - I get an even worse rebound headache.

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The increase in risk of ADHD children was in mothers who suffered chronic pain and took Tylenol daily for weeks throughout their pregnancies. Taking it on occasion has not been shown to have any increased risk. My midwife also said the same thing is true of ibuprofen, usually a no-no during pregnancy. She said the major concern is women who take a lot of it for aches and pains in the third trimester, which leads to clotting problems. As with any medication or drug, one-time or infrequent use is unlikely to have any effect at all. Sustained daily use over time is probably something to avoid, assuming pain levels could be tolerated with other treatments.
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The increase in risk of ADHD children was in mothers who suffered chronic pain and took Tylenol daily for weeks throughout their pregnancies. Taking it on occasion has not been shown to have any increased risk. My midwife also said the same thing is true of ibuprofen, usually a no-no during pregnancy. She said the major concern is women who take a lot of it for aches and pains in the third trimester, which leads to clotting problems. As with any medication or drug, one-time or infrequent use is unlikely to have any effect at all. Sustained daily use over time is probably something to avoid, assuming pain levels could be tolerated with other treatments.
I do take ibuprofen if I get one of those headaches, and agree with your assessment.

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Paracetamol is still the drug of choice for mild pain during pregnancy. It's use has been linked to both asthma and ADHD but there are really no alternatives so if you need it, you need it.

Ibuprofen can increase the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester and the risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus if taken in later pregnancy. It is actually used to treat patent DA in neonates.
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Thank you so much for your response. I gather that it is best to try and avoid all these drugs unless i really really need them. Tolerating a headache is a much better option than risking ADHD.
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Once you reach a certain point in the pregnancy, Tylenol becomes irrelevant anyway. You could take a full 1000mg for a headache and it will do nothing. There's something about it that your body just stops responding how it normally would if you weren't pregnant. That's why some mom's to be have abused it in the past during pregnancy. They weren't getting their normal immediate fix from it. Aim to use as many at home remedies as possible, and if that's not working, speak to your OB/midwife. And not a regular physician. They are not the one monitoring your baby, and could give you something the OB does not want you having.

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Once you reach a certain point in the pregnancy, Tylenol becomes irrelevant anyway. You could take a full 1000mg for a headache and it will do nothing. There's something about it that your body just stops responding how it normally would if you weren't pregnant. That's why some mom's to be have abused it in the past during pregnancy. They weren't getting their normal immediate fix from it. Aim to use as many at home remedies as possible, and if that's not working, speak to your OB/midwife. And not a regular physician. They are not the one monitoring your baby, and could give you something the OB does not want you having.

This sounds like you mean that there is an actual physiological change which prevents the body responding to paracetamol. Is that what you meant?
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This sounds like you mean that there is an actual physiological change which prevents the body responding to paracetamol. Is that what you meant?
Yes, if that's the right word. I'm having "placenta brain" as my OB calls it, and wording things properly seems to be my hardest goal at the moment.

I do have an example of Tylenol, though. At Sunday I was in the ER for my ankle injury and the only way the doctors would touch it is if I took the stupid Tylenol, and this was mostly because I already kicked a nurse in the face with my good foot. I was in pain and she made it worse by twisting my leg. Opps. But I took the stupid pills, and low and behold, not a single affect. I wasn't even drowsy. Long story short, my husband had to hold down my good leg and the doctors weren't very happy. And I've never taken Tylenol in my life, so it should have had some sort of affect. Nope.

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I do have an example of Tylenol, though. At Sunday I was in the ER for my ankle injury and the only way the doctors would touch it is if I took the stupid Tylenol, and this was mostly because I already kicked a nurse in the face with my good foot. I was in pain and she made it worse by twisting my leg. Opps. But I took the stupid pills, and low and behold, not a single affect. I wasn't even drowsy. Long story short, my husband had to hold down my good leg and the doctors weren't very happy. And I've never taken Tylenol in my life, so it should have had some sort of affect. Nope.

Tylenol shouldn't make you drowsy. I've never heard of it not affecting people during pregnancy. The one time I broke down and took it because I was having a serious headache it worked totally fine.

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Tylenol shouldn't make you drowsy. I've never heard of it not affecting people during pregnancy. The one time I broke down and took it because I was having a serious headache it worked totally fine.
I'm literally quoting the doctors we had dealing with us at the ER.

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There is no physiological reason why paracetamol would be ineffective during any stage of pregnancy.

I would hazard a guess that the reason it didn't work for you is that it is a drug for mild to moderate pain and you were in severe pain. It's not going to work for anyone in those circumstances. Being pregnant has nothing to do with it.
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I get headaches very frequently, like several times a week, usually with no explanation that I or my neurologist has been abele to figure out. Most of the time they are mild to moderate but even that, on such a frequent basis, is enough to seriously interfere with my enjoyment of life. I avoid all medications as much as possible but I can't resist taking Tylenol more often than I usually admit to. I am worried about ADHD, though I didn't know about that link in my first two pregnancies so I was more liberal. Both boys are totally mellow and healthy - no signs of any issues, though of course a sample size of two is meaningless.

Anyhow, I find Tylenol to be equally effective throughout pregnancy. However, I discovered that holding ice to my forehead (or wherever the pain is) is also very effective for headaches during pregnancy but does nothing if I'm not pregnant. So that's something you can also try.

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At Sunday I was in the ER for my ankle injury and the only way the doctors would touch it is if I took the stupid Tylenol, and this was mostly because I already kicked a nurse in the face with my good foot. I was in pain and she made it worse by twisting my leg.
You were forced to take tylenol to get treatment for an ankle injury? That is NOT proper informed consent. That is coercion. I would report it.

And since the drug was for mild to moderate pain and you were in severe pain, that is not an indication for this drug.

There is NO drug that is safe during pregnancy. There are drugs that have less or more risk, but NONE are safe. This is your baby. Your body!
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Tylenol shouldn't make you drowsy. I've never heard of it not affecting people during pregnancy. The one time I broke down and took it because I was having a serious headache it worked totally fine.
It effects everyone differently!
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It effects everyone differently!
I understand that, but the PP was using the fact that Tylenol didn't make her drowsy as evidence that it didn't work. Tylenol usually does not make people drowsy, so that's not an indication of anything at all.

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I understand that, but the PP was using the fact that Tylenol didn't make her drowsy as evidence that it didn't work. Tylenol usually does not make people drowsy, so that's not an indication of anything at all.
Due to my last reply on my phone, I made it a quick one. The nurse at the ER implied it should have had at least a drowsy affect on me since my body is not use to it! Please do not make me feel bad for sharing an experience while trying to contribute.

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Due to my last reply on my phone, I made it a quick one. The nurse at the ER implied it should have had at least a drowsy affect on me since my body is not use to it! Please do not make me feel bad for sharing an experience while trying to contribute.
My post was not meant to make you feel bad at all. I think you got some weird advice at the ER, that's all. I take Tylenol maybe once a year and it has never made me drowsy and nor does it have any warnings that drowsiness is a possible side-effect. I think it's important to correct possible misinformation, since some women do suffer extreme pain during pregnancy and Tylenol may be the only safe(ish) med to use. I'm not questioning your contribution, just the medical advice you were given at the time.

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I had an ill timed oops pregnancy just before I was due for some dental work, basically like a root canal. I took tylenol for the pain while waiting for the dental work, which wasn't great to do during an early pregnancy anyway, and I'm pretty certain the tylenol caused a miscarriage, based on what my doctor told me--afterwards. I was taking quite a lot, though, since the pain was frequent and extreme. So this only addresses high doses during very early pregnancy.
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I understand that, but the PP was using the fact that Tylenol didn't make her drowsy as evidence that it didn't work. Tylenol usually does not make people drowsy, so that's not an indication of anything at all.
I agree with this. I have never heard of anyone feeling drowsy from a dose of Tylenol (unless they were talking about Tylenol pm?)

If the choice was mom to be in pain (and therefore under increased stress) or for her to take an occasional appropriate dose of Tylenol to ease the pain I personally believe the risk of the Tylenol worth it.

My own personal experience with Tylenol during pregnancy was that it eased the pain of my occasional pregnancy headache so that I could continue with my day without disruption.
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I think people are misunderstanding or misinterpreting badwolf!! I did not take it as her saying it didn't work bc it didn't make her drowsy. She first stated before all that, that her OB said it doesn't work for all pregnant woman. I don't find that hard to believe! Weird advice in the ER! Maybe it was, but some comments are seeming a little like attacks.
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Tylenol is considered safe during pregnancy. It is okay to take tylenol but only when necessary and nothing else has worked (example for a headache instead of taking tylenol try a cold rag over your eyes or taking a cat nap). Like another answerer said, pregnancy symptoms usually don't appear until later but that doesn't mean they aren't. If you do believe you are pregnant and are worried about the effects on your unborn child do not take anymore tylenol or other medication until you are for sure you are pregnant. If you truly need something for your discomfort contact your OB/GYN and let them know you may be pregnant and they can give you a list of "approved" medication. Even the "approved" medication should be taken rarely. Good luck and congrats if you are expecting!!!!
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