Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

The CDC called for more research on how these drugs affect pregnant women.

While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 to 29, the report also stated that the number of women ages 15 to 44 with private health insurance who filled a prescription for ADHD medicine increased by 344 percent between 2003 and 2015.

Women in the 30 to 34 age group had the second-highest percent increase -- 560 percent -- in the number of prescriptions filled for ADHD medicine.

The findings, published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlight the need for more research to be done on how these medications could potentially affect pregnant women.

“Early pregnancy is a critical time for the developing baby," she added. "We need to better understand the safest ways to treat ADHD before and during pregnancy.”

Boyle called on all women who are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, to talk to their doctors about all the medications they are taking.