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Pregnancy and ADHD meds

"Can I safely continue my medication while I am pregnant or nursing?"

by Larry Silver, M.D.

While there is no solid research that proves whether any of the ADHD medications, stimulants or antidepressants, have an impact on the fetus during pregnancy, the FDA and pharmaceutical manufacturers advise that you not take these medications during pregnancy or while trying for pregnancy. It is generally advised that you discontinue any inessential medication while you're pregnant or nursing, as they may show up in your milk.

Stopping medication is problematic for those who depend on it to minimize behaviors caused by ADHD, but there are ways to cope. You'll have to work harder at living with these behaviors, and you might think about working with a coach to make sure that you stay on task and follow through with your plans each day. Your family needs to understand that symptoms may increase and that they should be supportive. Explain the problem to your employer and request additional support and accommodations during your pregnancy.

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