Ask the Experts

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.