I am trying to get pregnant but currently on my period, I am also in a really stressful time at work and need to keep my wits about me. I went off all my meds back in December and have been mostly functional but I am wondering if I can safely go back on my ADHD meds (dextroaphetamine) for a couple weeks, just until I ovulate, to get through this time at work? How long does it take for it to get out of my system safely?
11 Apr 2012
You are likely aware that Amphetamines of any form are Pregnancy Category X (in other words, regardless of benefit, they are not to be taken due to extreme risk to the fetus and possible infant addiction).
However, Dextroamphetamine is the shortest acting of the Amphetamine derivatives, and this includes retention within the body tissues. When taken it has a 3-4 hour span of effectiveness vs. amphetamine proper which goes 4-6. This has nothing to do with systemic retention in general, but is a good example for this case in particular. Leave a window of 3-5 days between taking Dextroamphetamine and doing anything involving fertility. One nice thing about stimulants is that they aid in their own mobilization and excretion, speeding up the CNS as they do.
More importantly, if you are going to take a stimulant shortly before trying for pregnancy, just be sure to maintain proper hydration, nutritional intake, and sleep. Unless you are using the drug while the child is forming inside you, there is negligible risk of harm, however, the side effects of stimulants wreck the body if not carefully monitored, and your chances of a fertilized egg will weigh more on adequate rest, food, and water more than a drug taken nearly a week before insemination.
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