The main symptoms of ADHD include inattention, distractibility, and impulsivity. In most cases of adult ADHD, these symptoms are present in childhood but don’t become problematic until adulthood. ADHD affects 4.4% of adults.
It is critical that women of childbearing age discuss possible increase in risk of birth defects and current use of contraceptives before taking any medication. Adderall is known to have associated increased risks of premature delivery and low birth weight. Ritalin may have some of the same risks. We have a lot of experience using Wellbutrin safely in depressed women during pregnancy and it is a safer choice for treating ADHD during pregnancy. However, both prospective parents should discuss the risks and benefits of continuing or discontinuing use of any medication during an anticipated pregnancy. Other ADHD medicines such as Strattera, Provigil, guanfacine, clonidine, Aricept, and older tricyclic medications have issues that detract from their consideration for safe usage during pregnancy.
If you have any questions about taking ADHD medicine during pregnancy, call Dr Hege today at 770-458-0007.