Tylenol Tied to Childhood Asthma and Allergies


NEW YORK — A pair of studies suggests that the common painkiller acetaminophen — better known as Tylenol in the U.S. — may be fueling a worldwide increase in asthma.

According to one study out Thursday, Tylenol could be responsible for as many as four in 10 cases ofwheezing and severe asthma in teens.

While no one knows if the drug causes asthma by itself, another report — published along with the first study — shows for the first time that many toddlers took Tylenol before they developed asthma symptoms such as wheezing.

“We have confirmed that acetaminophen use comes first, so a causal link is increasingly likely,” said Dr. Alemayehu Amberbir, of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the University of Nottingham in the UK.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What child has not used Tylenol? It is the pollution in the air and the unnatural things we eat! Trying to blame Tylenol after all these years, BULL>

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