My husband and I are planning on trying to get pregnant soon, and I have decided to wean myself off Adderall completely before the possibility of becoming pregnant. Currently on the bench, but really struggling to function and have only weaned down to half my regular dose. Any advice for how to manage? I think I need an online ADHD therapist to meet with regularly.

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Take it very slow, when I weaned I dropped by quarters not half and over months not days or weeks. At the same time I gradually shifted when I would take my daily dose, slowly shifting it later and later each morning. Eventually I got to the point where it was so late in the day that I didn’t even think about it and stopped taking it all together. Combine with forced exercise regimen to help release natural endorphins. This worked for me but agree that it may be a good idea to seek professional assistance if you are struggling with the process.

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Uh... make sure you don't sacrifice yourself or your relationships for your pregnancy. Make sure that you really don't need to take the medication, or that there isn't a better suited one for pregnancy that will help you as well. I'm saying that because pregnancy brain is real, the emotional highs and lows are real, and meds are a freaking godsend. Both our kids are doing just fine, and meds were present both times.

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I am probably not the best person to be listening but I will throw this out there anyway. I was on 80mg and stopped cold. It’s half life is so short that it’s out of your system pretty quickly. I had very few negative side effects, I was more tired and you can clearly see In my transcripts when I stopped taking it. But by the time I decided to stop taking it I had developed enough coping skills that I could function even if it took me a few months to get back up to where I was. Calendars helped a ton and also being honest with myself and recognizing that I am not super human and I can only take on so much at a time. I did a lot of self discovery and rather than hiding the fact that I have ADHD I embraced it and reframed my thinking and life.

Congratulations on both fronts! My husband and I also recently decided to start trying for a baby. Getting off of adderall I realized how much damage it had done to me I was borderline anorexic I had very severe anxiety and insomnia. Since getting off I’ve gained weight to a healthy point my anxiety is much better managed and my insomnia rarely happens anymore.

You have to take all the tools you learned while on the medication and apply them in full force.

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Hope this isn't too late!

Try to get your OBGYN to refer you to an MFM OBGYN to talk about meds while TTC and Pregnant. Most doctors don't feel equipped to evaluate the risk of meds during pregnancy-which usually leads to a blanket no. But MFM doctors are your best shot as they have more training. They can at least give you the facts for you to make your own choice.

Also, have you ever tried straterra? It's a non stimulant.

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Idk why taking Adderall is an issue for pregnancy. Consult with a doctor.

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