I'm 30 yrs old and I have ADHD symptoms. They recommended focalin xr 25mg but I'm 6 months pregnant. Is it bad if I take it?
Yes, it could be bad. Animal studies show birth defects and difficulty with abnormally low weight for babies after they wean from the breast or the bottle. This abnormally low weight well after birth can mean the animal babies are not thriving and gaining weight as they should after weaning. Lack of the correct normal weight can make babies weaker and easier to fall sick, not grow up normally and not be able to absorb all the needed vitamins and nutrients they are fed. There aren't even human studies to refer to. I wouldn't take such a chance with my baby if I were you.
Here's the exact information from this site, which I simplified in the 1st paragraph:
Dexmethylphenidate has been assigned to pregnancy category C ( animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks) by the FDA. Animal studies have reported teratogenic (causing congenital anomalies or birth defects) effects including delayed skeletal ossification (the process of creating bone, that is of transforming cartilage [or fibrous tissue] into bone) and decreased postweaning weight gain. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Dexmethylphenidate is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
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