A 27-year-old female asked:
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i took 30 mg adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr today that i had left over from before pregnancy. i have been breastfeeding my 2 month old all day. will this effect her?

6 doctor answers
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
30 years experience Pediatrics
Unknown: It really hasn't been studied well. It's a matter of risks to baby vs. benefits to you.It is a category 3 drug for breastfeeding which generally means not for use. I would discuss it as well as alternatives with the prescribing physician.
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience Pediatrics
Probably not: Pl see a scientific paper on effect of Amphetamines, a gp of medicine Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) belongs,on breast feeding. The gist of the study suggests that in prescribed doses, the drug may have minimal affects on the infant.Since the drug has a short half life, you can be extra careful in avoiding any potential side affects by timing your medicine intake 1-3 hrs before breast feeding..
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
Dr. Sara Rochester
Specializes in Psychiatry
Probably: Small amounts of many meds are transferred in breast milk It could affect the baby's sleep, eating, and possibly cause fussiness. Contact your psychiatrist and her pediatrician.
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
May: This is not something I would take everyday. There likely will be some effect. A choice would be to pump for 24 hours and give formula There is a site called mother risk which may be of help to you. No more adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).
Answered on Nov 26, 2014
Dr. Moshe Torem
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes it may: Consult with your Pediatrician immediately.!
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
Dr. Carlos Barrios
22 years experience Child Psychiatry
Please don't do this: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR will pass through the breast milk. Good thing is that if you don't repeat this, it will take 13 hours for 50% of the drug to be metabolized and excreted for the body. The baby's liver enzymes are not yet mature and thus will take longer to clear. Watch for side effects of irritability, appetite loss, and sleeplessness. Calll the peds doc ASAP and let them know even if no troubles.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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