I have battled an Adderall addiction for the past few years. I have given in a few times during my pregnancy, taking more than the dosage a few times a month. I'm really concerned now for my son, regret and remorse have set in. Thankfully, it's enough to make me never want to touch it while pregnant again. However, I'm extremely concerned. Has anyone else used Adderall during pregnancy? I am six months pregnant. I have no other problems; I do not smoke, I take my vitamins every day. Every ultrasound and test looks fine. Is it possible that I have caused my child serious harm?
While I can't guarantee that you haven't caused any harm to your baby, the baby is probably fine. Can't do anything about it now. Just be aware that infants born to mothers dependent on amphetamines have an increased risk of premature delivery and low birth weight. These infants may experience symptoms of withdrawal including dysphoria, agitation, weakness, and exhaustion. If at all possible, discuss with the doctor the risks versus the benefits of staying on the Adderall. Maybe you could get along for the last three months without the Adderall and therefore reduce the chance of the above problems. Again this is only if the risks would outweigh the benefits.
If you feel you have an addiction problem, please seek help. Abusing amphetamines can be a serious problem regardless of the pregnancy. You sound like you are willing to admit you have a problem which is the first step, now follow through and get the help you need to overcome this addiction.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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