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.
By CATHERINE THORBECKE
January 19, 2018, 12:13 PM
• 5 min read
-- The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
“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.”
The most commonly filled ADHD prescriptions in 2015 among the women studied in the report were mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall), lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) and methylphenidate (Ritalin), according to the report.
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.