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Pregnant With Adhd
Structure: Though stimulant medications are the best treatment for adhd, there are times when they don't work, or should be avoided, like pregnancy. In those cases, and even when meds are used, the centerpiece of adhd treatment is structure. You should be working to structure your daily life, especially the boring, repetitive tasks as much as possible. Adhd coaches are helpful as well as websites and books. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Possibly: There is literature linking the use of cocaine during pregnancy to ADHD and other disorders in which Dopamine levels are low in children. However, it has also been shown that continued use of drugs by mothers results in them not being emotionally available to their children that may cause behaviors that appear like ADHD. ...Read more
If you have a child with adhd, does this mean were you severely emotionally stressed during pregnancy?
My daughter takes adderal for adhd. And just found out she is pregnant, is it safe for her to keep taking the medicine?
Probably not: It depends on the degree of disability she has with adhd. She needs to discuss its continued use with her prescribing doctor and ob. It's a question of risk to benefit. Many women have had normal babies while on adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but the best practice is to take no medications during pregnancy if possible. It carries a pregnancy category c rating indicating unknown safety status during pregnancy. ...Read more
I am 35 ADHD adult on strattera (atomoxetine) want to get pregnant what other medications can I take instead can I stay on straterra
Should I quite taking my ADHD medication since I'm pregnant, even though I'm in my 3rd trimester and not worry about withdrawal and coping without it?
Yes you should!: Even in the third semester, medication can be risky. Stimulant medication does cross the placental barrier to the fetus and the best example of the risk is seen in so called "crack babies" who suffer withdrawal right after birth in mothers who continue to use crack while pregnant. You may not worry about your own withdrawal but should worry about the newborn's withdrawal. Do the right thing, stop. ...Read more
I take adderall for ADHD. I have been trying to conceive for 7 months. I will not take it once I am pregnant. Does adderall affect conception?
Can taking different medications like vicodin or flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) while pregnant cause the child to develop adhd?
I'm 11 weeks pregnant and take 30 mg car adderal I have bad ADHD this is my third baby and I stopped cold turkey with them is it safe to take though?
No Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): You should definitely not be taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) while you are pregnant. Does your Obstetrician support you taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? Why would you risk potential problems? ...Read more
I have severe ADHD & hypersomnia. I recently became pregnant. I was on adderall, nuvigil, & vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Is anything safe to continue? I am struggling...
Prregnancy ADHD meds: I see that you have a diagnosis hypersomnia. Has this is been evaluated by an overnight polysomnogram? If it has not, that should be to make sure that the cause is not apnea which would be safely treated with CPAP in pregnancy and which is not uncommonly a cause for adhd symptoms. Unfortunately, in spite of the many years of use of adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) we do not have an adequate Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) safety registry so as to advise clearly regarding the use of adderallduring pregnancy. This will need to be discussed between you, your psychiatrist or sleep medicine physician, and your gynecologist. I wish I could provide youwith more detailed information, but unfortunately it is not available. Best wishes for a happy new year and a happy healthy baby. ...Read more
I have a bad cavity on my lower right tooth. I'm 24 weeks pregnant. Can I take local anesthesia & Tylenol (acetaminophen)? I read Tylenol (acetaminophen) it can lead to ADHD. Thanks
Why does adhd make me so stubborn, why do I get so angry when people don't put things when I tell them, why did it happen to me, my mum smoked pregnan?
We have choices: Some of our reactions to things are from our genetics, temperament, parents, etc. We have no control over those. But a lot of how we feel has to do with the stories we tell ourselves about what is going on (judgments, expectations & beliefs we hold) which we can change. A way to start is outlined in the book The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. Therapy focused in this direction can help too. ...Read more
Sometimes: Statistically, about 1/3 of those with adhd "outgrow" it, about 1/3 see significant improvement but continue to have some residual symptoms and impairment, and about 1/3 continue to have full-blown adhd. The hyperactivity part improves more often and more predictably than the inattentive part. Learning effective coping skill is key. ...Read more
Best to be followed by a Medical Professional skilled and experienced in managing ADHD
In general avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs
Eating a balanced diet
Exercising at least 45 minutes each day
Do not smoke
Avoid excess caffeine and other stimulants
Get sufficient rest
Engage in leisure time activities ...Read more
Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non adhd issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more
ADHD: There are three types of adhd. Combined adhd (most common), inattentive adhd, which is marked by impaired attention and concentration, hyperactive-impulsive adhd, which is marked by hyperactivity without inattentiveness. The symptoms are too extensive to list out here but a good potential source is webmd. To get an actual diagnosis or evaluation, I would see a reputable psychiatrist. ...Read more
ADHD MEDS: How do you know you have ADD? Many adults I see, think they have ADD, but they actually have other conditions. I recommend seeing a Board Certified Psychiatrist for a Comprehensive Evaluation. The Stimulant medications, like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are powerful medications and are very closely related to Crystal Meth. They can be addictive with lots of side-effects. I usually try alternatives. ...Read more
ADHD: Adhd is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by inattetion, distractability, impulsivity, and hyperactivity., all behaviors that are more frequent and severe than typically observed in children of the same developmental age. Symptoms must persist for at least 6 months, occur before 7 yrs of age, and be evident in 2 or more settings. Differential diagnosis is broad. ...Read more
Depends on age: The younger the child, the more hyperactivity and impulsivity will predominate. The older the person, the more distractibility, disorganization, communication problems, and underachievement will predominate. Also, the severity of these symptoms is important, not just their presence. ...Read more
Many: The first line medications are stimulants (in many iterations) like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & concerta. 2nd line are atypical antidepressants (strattera, desipramine) & alph-2's (clonidine & guanfacine). See my health files for a full description of medications and practice standards of the amer acad of pediatrics. ...Read more
ADHD testing: Simple screening for adhd can be done using simple behavioral check lists by teachers, parents (connors test). More accurate psychological tests for adhd would include the iq test, bender gestalt (copying designs), a clinical interview, and a complete developmental and family history ...Read more
Inattention hyperact: As the name says, two major categories of symptoms are: inattention (problems focusing, paying attention, distractability, forgetfulness) and hyperactivity (unable to sit still, fidgeting). Youth typically has both symptoms, whereas in adults we see more attentional problems but little or no hyperactivity. ...Read more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)
A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more