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Researchers are now calling for even greater caution for pregnant women who take paracetamol better known as acetaminophen or APAP.

Acetaminophen is found in countless over the counter drugs such as Tylenol and researchers now believe it alters fetal development when women who are pregnant take it.

The journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology released the following statement: “A new Consensus Statement summarizes human epidemiological studies and experimental research in cells and animal models, which suggest that APAP exposure during pregnancy can alter fetal development and might increase the risk of certain neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders. The authors make several recommendations around minimizing exposure to APAP during pregnancy and increasing awareness, and present a call for focused research.”

Fox News further noted, “However, Nature noted both that paracetamol is widely considered to be the safest option for relief of pain and fever in pregnancy and that the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence states that APAP use during pregnancy is not thought to be harmful. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) advises that APAP can be used during pregnancy at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible frequency, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and EMA say studies investigating a possible connection between APAP use in pregnancy and disorders in offspring were inconclusive.