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The FDA puts Adderall in a Category C Pregnancy, meaning Adderall has been tested with animals and shown adverse effects on developing fetuses, but the drug has not been thoroughly tested on humans. Therefore, it is generally not recommended to take Adderall before, during, or right after pregnancy.

As always, though, talk with your doctor about taking Adderall if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or wish to become pregnant. In some cases, the benefit may outweigh the risk when it comes to taking Adderall. Your doctor will be able to outline potential risks and benefits based on your individual health profile.

Adderall, Labor and Delivery

The FDA states that the effects of Adderall on a pregnant woman’s labor and delivery is unknown.

Can Adderall cause birth defects?

According to the FDA, babies whose mothers were dependent on amphetamines, including Adderall, have a higher risk of low birth weight and premature birth. In serious cases, these babies may also experience various withdrawal symptoms.

Can Adderall cause a miscarriage?

The exact effects of Adderall on a human pregnancy are unknown. Therefore, it is critical to speak with your doctor about the potential risks of taking Adderall during pregnancy.

Adderall and Lactation

The FDA states that amphetamines, including Adderall, are excreted in human milk. The FDA also advises doctors to tell mothers taking Adderall, or any other amphetamine, to refrain from breastfeeding.

Adderall and Fertility

The exact effects of Adderall on human fertility is unknown. In general, it is not recommended for women trying to conceive to take Adderall, as it is a Category C Pregnancy drug. Talk with your prescribing physician about the potential risks and benefits of taking Adderall before starting treatment with it.

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