View Full Version : Meds while Pregnant?


MrsNewton
12-29-14, 11:55 PM
Just curious to hear from women who continued their Meds while they were pregnant. (I take Adderall XR and Cymbalta)

We're thinking about trying and I was told I could continue taking mine if I felt I needed to, and at around 12 weeks we'll start lowering the dose at that time. She said the goal would be to stop, but that I could continue on a low dose.

I feel like a selfish jerk just typing this, sometimes I feel like I'm going to have to choose between having a family and my sanity. :(

HADDaball
12-30-14, 02:56 AM
If it were me, I'd err on the side of caution for the baby's sake.

Someone I knew was born with a hole in their heart, and I'm wondering if a parents amphetamine use was a factor.

Something worth clearing up with your doctor.

sarahsweets
12-30-14, 07:20 AM
I stayed on my antidepressants when pregnant but not stimulants.

MrsNewton
12-31-14, 02:22 AM
If it were me, I'd err on the side of caution for the baby's sake.

Someone I knew was born with a hole in their heart, and I'm wondering if a parents amphetamine use was a factor.

Something worth clearing up with your doctor.

Yeah, we've discussed it. Adderall doesn't cause birth defects in therapeutic doses, I just don't like the idea of staying on it. Many women do continue taking it though, so I was hoping to hear from some.

eliz567
01-12-15, 11:15 PM
I stopped taking adderall 60mg/day as soon as I thought I could be pregnant. ai know cold turkey isnt ideal but I did it. My doctor said I could not take adderall while i was pregnant. I wouldn't take adderall while pregnant personally. It was very hard for the first 2 weeks, but it got better as I went along. I continued at my job and slept a lot which i heard can happen when youre pregnant. Which was probably a good thing looking back. I am all about supporting one another on here for women who are or may become pregnant and will be off meds. I plan on getting preg again in the next few months (Ive been putting it off bc thinking about going off my meds) and know it would be wonderful to have support on here to get me through the 9 months in addition to my therapist. It is hard but it is possible. The key for me was seeing my therapist more often to talk things out. And reading these boards as well.

The ADHD Fan
01-12-15, 11:43 PM
If I can just add my two cents (as someone who has never been pregnant). I did some research on the topic a few years ago, and almost every study I came across concluded that the risks of ADHD medications while pregnant (http://adhd-treatment-options.blogspot.com/2008/10/do-adhd-medications-cause-birth-defects.html) were negligible. That's the good news. There was a slight risk of lower birth weight with one study, but other than that, most of the evidence (although inconclusive) says the effects are minimal.

The one area where stimulant use during pregnancy might be a factor is if the mother is smoking or drinking alcohol while pregnant. In these cases, taking medications may actually amplify these effects. Other than that, the evidence is mostly on our side for regular medications, as long as they're taken at the right doses at the prescribed times.

Hopefully this helps a bit!

bluelephant
11-28-15, 10:29 PM
I would not take any medication while pregnant, regardless of what research says. Stick to a good prenatal instead. A while back the most popular anti-nausea medication that was given to women for morning sickness was pulled off the market for causing severe birth defects, such as missing limbs. No study will ever convince me that it is safe to medicate while pregnant. Except for UTIs or other infections be very very careful. And do not get vaccinated while pregnant. Despite whatever your doctor tells you the pamphlets included with them will always say that they should never be given while pregnant.

On the other side of the token, being pregnant and having a child actually alleviated a good number of my symptoms, which is very common in women with ADHD as there is a link between it and our hormones.

Sarah36
12-30-15, 07:11 PM
I also went off my stimulant med but not my antidepressant. It was so hard being off the stimulant but I wouldnt dare risk it.

mimi989
12-31-15, 01:11 AM
I too read recently that it's ok in low/therapeutic doses. I wondered the same thing and if it effected being able to get pregnant. Supposedly it does not, however I am not trying right now.

I would stop all medications if I were pregnant and take stims only if I absolutely had to.

beadriver7
01-16-16, 12:42 PM
You shouldn't take stimulants while pregnant. I had to stop my ritalin while I was pregnant, but I took LT03, a natural product that helps with ADHD. (not as much as normal meds, though) and got back on my ritalin after. The safety of your child should be your number 1 priority

sarahsweets
01-16-16, 01:46 PM
You shouldn't take stimulants while pregnant. I had to stop my ritalin while I was pregnant, but I took LT03, a natural product that helps with ADHD. (not as much as normal meds, though) and got back on my ritalin after. The safety of your child should be your number 1 priority

What makes you think that science back studies about medication is not to be believed but unregulated,unscientifically back "natural" things are ok to take?

sarahsweets
01-16-16, 01:49 PM
I would stop all medications if I were pregnant and take stims only if I absolutely had to.
This idea of stopping all meds while pregnant baffles me. I stopped taking medication toward the end of my last child due to bad off hand advice from my obgyn. You know what happened? I had her in august and was hospitalized by october.

sarahsweets
01-16-16, 02:01 PM
No study will ever convince me that it is safe to medicate while pregnant.
How about the peer reviewed well sourced kind?
And do not get vaccinated while pregnant. Despite whatever your doctor tells you the pamphlets included with them will always say that they should never be given while pregnant.

So a pregnant woman who could die from the measles shouldnt be vaccinated?
which is very common in women with ADHD as there is a link between it and our hormones.
Where is the sources to back this up?

aeon
01-16-16, 04:34 PM
Someone I knew was born with a hole in their heart, and I'm wondering if a parents amphetamine use was a factor.

Every human being is born with a hole in their heart ó the fetal foramen ovale ó it is an aspect of normative human development. It usually closes at birth, but in about of 25% of people, it does not close completely, resulting in a patent foramen ovale.

This has nothing to do with amphetamines.

I would not take any medication while pregnant, regardless of what research says...No study will ever convince me that it is safe to medicate while pregnant.

From this, I take it that you are not a strict adherent of rational thought and reason. ;)

In some cases, it is absolutely unsafe to not medicate while pregnant, regardless of your being convinced of anything.

You shouldn't take stimulants while pregnant. I had to stop my ritalin while I was pregnant, but I took LT03, a natural product that helps with ADHD. (not as much as normal meds, though) and got back on my ritalin after. The safety of your child should be your number 1 priority

I just love it when someone tosses out shoulds and supposed-tos for other people, with no suggestion of evidence or authority. <-- Just so itís clear, that is sarcasm.

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Human beings are the only living species on the planet that does not assign primacy of well-being and safety to the mother.

For all other creatures, great and small, offspring are sought, valued, and protected, but the survival of the mother is paramount because she possesses the ability to have more children if hers do not mature to fecundity, for whatever reason.

I value the idea of an unborn human child being treated as precious because every aspect of my awareness informs me this is so.

At the same time, I donít make the mistake of thinking the mother is any less precious, and indeed, she is more precious to me for the very reason that she is fertile.

To this end, I support the health and well-being of a mother with primacy, and if this means making the choice to medicate because it would be the best course of action based on evidence-based practice, so be it.

The safety and well-being of all involved are important, no question. That said, we are not apart from nature, so I question the wisdom of acting in opposition to it, and inverting the hierarchy of mother and child.

What is our real care and concern for a child if its mother is unwell and unable to care for it?

There isnít any easy answer here, and there is no surety about what the proper course of action is. We do the best we can, based on the evidence of experience and reason. Surely this will differ as mothers and situations differ ó there isnít any universally-applicable rule here, and I am a skeptic of anyone who says they know what is best for someone else.

Especially when it comes to the pair-bond of mother and child, the most sacrosanct in all the world, in my discernment.


my 3Ę,
Ian

IMissCoffee
01-20-16, 12:34 PM
I'm trying to get pregnant and my doctor told me I can stay on my medication while pregnant. He talked about the different studies done and how the effects of stimulants are negligible in pregnancy, unless of course the mother is taking a super high dose.

He's suggested that I can lower my dose and since I take IR Adderall, that I can just take it "as needed" if I prefer not to take it continuously. So for example, I can structure my work day so that all my substantive work is done in the am (when I take my medication) and in the afternoon I can do stuff that doesn't require as much focus and concentration in order to skip my usual 2nd dose. At home I'm fortunate that my family helps me manage my symptoms with a bunch of different coping strategies, so I don't usually take it then or on weekends.

I haven't decided what I will do just yet. I'll prob make the decision once I'm officially pregnant.

IMissCoffee
01-20-16, 12:39 PM
What makes you think that science back studies about medication is not to be believed but unregulated,unscientifically back "natural" things are ok to take?

I agree. It seems strange to stop taking a medication that has been proved safe and start taking a "natural" supplement that hasn't been tested at all.

jvermeersch
02-10-17, 11:36 AM
I am 23 weeks pregnant and I was taking 20mg tab adderall 2x daily and cymbalta 20mg 1x daily. My OB advised me of the adderall risk in 3rd trimester, that in some cases the placenta may become detached from the uterus and the risk of breathing and withdrawal issues from taking antidepressents. She sent me to a OB specialist because of my situation and that specialist told me the same thing as every other doctor. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Do you really need it, the lowest amount of medication is best. So I made a decision to switch to Adderall XR 20, which is equivalent to 10 mg tabs 2x daily...with planning on discontinuing at 30 weeks....doctors a lot of times leave decision in patients hands....