I like many other mothers, took turbutaline during pregnancy to prevent contractions. I did deliver two beautiful girls full term, however have noticed as they grew, they have each been struggling with issues, summarized as traits of ADHD, ADD, with some difficulties with emotion control. I know how this drug effected me when I took it, but I was always reassured it would not effect my unborn child. Now,due to the similarities, I'm just curious if any other mother has noticed this type of symptom in their child after taking Turbutaline?
My kids are ADD and ADHD and I never took anything like that while I was pregnant. I was on some other medications but nothing the same between the two pregnancies but one son has ADD the other has ADHD. I have often wondered the same, if it were something I took during my pregnancies but I was on totally different stuff between the two.
The above poster could be right - your kids might have genetic factors that are causing ADD/ADHD symptoms (lack emotional control is a common symptom of ADHD).
Warnings Usage in Labor and Delivery: Terbutaline sulfate is not indicated and should not be used for the management of preterm labor. Serious adverse reactions have been reported following administration of terbutaline sulfate to women in labor. These reports have included transient hypokalemia, pulmonary edema (sometimes after delivery), and hypoglycemia in the mother and/or the neonatal child. Maternal death has been reported with terbutaline sulfate and other drugs of this class.
With regard to use in pregnancy the manufacturer states:
"Pregnancy, Teratogenic Effects, Pregnancy Category B: Reproduction studies in mice (up to 1.1 mg/kg subcutaneously, corresponding to 4 times the human oral dose) and in rats and rabbits (up to 50 mg/kg orally, corresponding to 167 times the human oral dose) have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus due to terbutaline. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Labor and Delivery: The safe use of terbutaline sulfate for the management of preterm labor or for other uses during labor and delivery has not been established and the drug should not be used. (See WARNINGS. [above])"
So, it is associated with complications related to delivery and maternal health following delivery, but not ADHD in particular. Were you on any other medications during pregnancy with your girls?
Regarding the question that the response I quoted above was answering, don't assume that Terbutaline actually caused those woman's children to have speech difficulties. Correlation doesn't equal causation, and we don't know what other drugs her children were exposed to, and whether or not she smoke or drank during her pregnancies.
Again, genetic factors alone could be causing the ADHD. But if you have any other children, I'd tell the doctors and nurses NOT to use terbutaline due to the risk of heart problems and maternal death.
My daughter is now 19, she has been on medication since 1st grade for ADD. She had an IEP while in school, then had some other education plan put into place. I did take brethine while pregnant, which is the name brand i think for this terbutaline. I was just talking to my coworker, and she has twins, and took this terbutaline via infusion pump during pregnancy, and both boys have some form of ADHD, one is extremely hyper, the other has impulse control issues, they are 9 now. Yes, I have often thought that it was that drug that did it. I have 2 kids older than her that I didn't take brethine for those pregnancies, and they had no signs of ADHD. I was also told it would not effect my child. One of the other answers talked about traits in the family, my children have the same father, and no there weren't any previous issues with us or our siblings having anything like this.
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