I am so happy I found this thread!! I too am on ADHD meds, Vyvanse and Dexedrine. I just turned 35 and feel like its basically "now or never" for me to start trying to get pregnant. I have been on birth control since I was 18 or so due to very heavy periods with severe cramping, which pretty much every woman in my family has been cursed with as well. I am an attorney and have a very stressful/demanding job, so I began taking ADHD meds about 5 years ago...probably longer if I'm honest. As others have mentioned and I'm sure many know, my productivity and effectiveness in my job improved dramatically once I started taking meds, which doesn't lend itself to a desire to stop taking the meds.
I decided to stop my birth control about 5 or 6 months ago, but I am have not stopped my ADHD meds and am not sure I can....at least not stop and still function. I would never want to expose my unborn child to anything that could potentially harm them, but I am really worried about going off of my meds for 9 months. I know people are probably reading this thinking I'm just addicted to my meds and I can/should stop taking them like anyone else breaks and addiction (and they're probably correct about being addicted), but its not as easy as it sounds, especially when your job depends on being alert and mentally sharp while putting in crazy numbers of hours each week.
I guess I don't have any questions or anything helpful to offer, but I just wanted to say how relieved I am to know I'm not the only person going through this battle. Please keep the updates and info coming for those of us still in the beginning stages of this process. Thanks so much!!View Thread
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