Conception Concerns


"I don't have ADHD, but I know that women who do are advised to stop meds during pregnancy. Should my husband stop taking his stimulant while we're trying to get pregnant?"

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

There are no data on men who are taking an ADHD medication at the time of conception. The most conservative approach would be for him to stay off his medication while you are trying to conceive.

If he's taking a short-acting drug, he could still take it during the day (assuming he needs it for work), and simply skip his evening dose, if that's when you have sex.

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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