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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."
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.
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Larry Silver, M.D., is 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.