Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) is a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall may not be safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you can become pregnant, it’s important to consider whether Adderall is a safe option for you.

It’s not known whether Adderall is safe to take during pregnancy. The drug’s use during pregnancy hasn’t been studied.

Certain effects have been reported in infants born to people who took drugs similar to Adderall during pregnancy. These include premature birth, low birth weight, or symptoms of drug withdrawal. (Withdrawal symptoms are side effects that can occur when you stop taking a drug that your body has become dependent on.)

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about the possible risks and benefits of taking Adderall.

Pregnancy registry

If you and your doctor decide that you’ll take Adderall during pregnancy, consider signing up for the National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications. Pregnancy registries help researchers and doctors understand the effects a drug may have if taken during pregnancy. To learn more, call 866-961-2388 or visit the registry website.

If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to do so, it’s important to understand the effects that Adderall could have on you or your child.

Adderall is not safe to take while breastfeeding. The medication can pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

If you’re breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, talk with your doctor about your options.

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