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#1 of 2 Old 08-21-2008, 05:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone know whether or not this drug can be taken during pregnancy? Does anyone have any experience with this?
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i have had patients take other similar meds thruout pregnancy and baby was fine; however i was on adderall xr (similar but extended release instead of shorter acting like ritalin) last yr and continued to take it 2-4x/wk and my baby stopped growing and passed away at around 20 wks. he was very small for gestational age as was the placenta. i don't know if it was the med or not but i wouldn't go near it w a 10 ft pole while pg (as i am again expecting).
if you are nursing bc ritalin has a shorter acting half life you can time taking it w nursing sev hrs later when most of it is out of your system once nursing is on a more predictable schedule unlike the extended release add meds.
there are some good add sites specifically addressing women and meds during pregnancy and nursing but if i recall most of them just say there isn't a lot of data.
just my experience hth.
ok here are some references from the excellent book by sari solden "women w add": www.additudemag.com look under medical center section
www.ncgiadd.org (natl ctr for gender issues for add)
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