Adderall and the Menstrual Cycle


"My 13-year-old daughter has ADHD and takes Adderall, but it seems to create problems with her menstrual cycle."

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

I reviewed the published literature on side effects of Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall and could find no listing suggesting a relationship between Adderall and the menstrual cycle.

However, if you have found a direct relationship between your daughter taking her medication and her not having her period, I would suggest that you try a different medication. If the stimulant medications cause this difficulty, speak to your family doctor about using one of the tricyclic antidepressants.

Questions about stimulant medications for ADHD? Check out:

Dexedrine FAQ

Intuniv FAQ

Ritalin FAQ

Post your experiences with ADHD medications, or read reviews from ADHD adults and parents of ADHD children, on the ADDConnect Medication Forum.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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