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Authors: Jennifer McKinney, MA

Abstract

Acetaminophen is the most widely prescribed analgesic for use during pregnancy. Although this medication is approved for use in pregnant women, excessive amounts are known to cause liver failure, in both the mother and the fetus. It is therefore imperative that expectant mothers strictly monitor their intake of acetaminophen. Although acetaminophen is most commonly found in Tylenol, it is also found in many other over-the-counter medications. Keeping a list of these common medications handy throughout your pregnancy, and reading all ingredients before taking any medication, may prevent an accidental overdose.

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