Watch: New Study on acetaminophen and pregnancy


(CNN) -According to a new study, pregnant women who take acetaminophen are more likely to have a hyperactive child.

Its authors say expectant mothers exposed to the drug run a higher risk of having children with emotional or behavioral symptoms.

The study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows more than half of all pregnant women in the U.S. and Europe, use acetaminophen.

It’s the active ingredient in Tylenol and other popular over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Users take acetaminophen for everything from allergies, colds, the flu and to sleep better.

The study’s lead author does say acetaminophen is safe for pregnant women to use, but should be taken only when necessary to minimize risks.

The FDA’s reviewed previous studies on prenatal use of the medication, finding “limitations” in the design of those studies.

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