Pain relievers do not cause asthma, study finds

Posted: 5/22/2013

From The New York Times:

Some parents have been worried about giving their children pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, based on reports that children who take the drugs are more likely to develop asthma. Researchers have even speculated that the rising prevalence of asthma was a result of wider use of acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol, in treating childhood fevers.

But a new study suggests that the relationship may be little more than a statistical oversight.

The study, presented on Monday at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society in Philadelphia, found that children suffering from respiratory infections - which often lead to asthma - are simply more likely to be given over-the-counter pain relievers. These underlying respiratory infections and the fevers they cause, not the use of pain relievers, are responsible for the increased asthma risk, the authors argue. Read more.