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Has anyone experienced this?

I had my daughter 8 months ago, I quit taking my adderall as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Before I got pregnant I was taking 20mg twice a day and it was working great. When my daughter was a month old and breastfeeding wasn’t working out I started taking my adderall again. My Dr. put me back on 20mg twice a day, I was doing that for a few months, but it wasn’t helping me like it had in the past. I called my Dr.‘s office and she put me on 30mg once a day, I have been taking this for about 6 months (due to my Dr. hardly ever being available and my hectic work schedule, I haven’t been able to get an appointment to see her) the 30mg really isn’t doing anything. I can’t focus, I’m tired all the time and I’ve been gaining weight. I’ve even tried taking 2 30mg a day and it’s really doesn’t do anything. I just wanted to see if this had happened to anyone else?


I cannot take any stims for this reason. They work great with me the first few months and then are not effective after that.

I’m a little intrigued by your story because it sounds as if you have a hormonal problem which is making you unable to process meds effectively. (My opinion. I’m no doctor.) I have major hormonal issues, which I bet is my problem.

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Dec 06, 2013 at 8:01am

Yep. So many things happen to our bodies when we are pregnant, so many things change chemically and they unfortunately do not always go back to how they were previously. Frustrating.

I had the same thing happen - breastfeeding didn’t work out and started taking my meds again about a month and a half after my daughter was born.  It seemed like it was not doing much for me - I talked to my doc (he is completely awesome - he’s a family practitioner with a specialty in ADD, and he has it himself, so he understands the craziness that can accompany it) and he came to a decision that I at first wasn’t thrilled with but then after discussing it at length, gave it a shot, and that was to take a very low dose anti-depressant.  I didn’t realize how much exactly trying to take care of my daughter and control my emotions along with my OCD was taking a toll on me - basically I was kinda miserable but didn’t realize it because while I was convincing everyone that life was peachy with my new bundle of joy, I was trying also to convince myself of this.  It wasn’t until I took a step back, talked to my doc about it, adjusted my prescriptions, and started taking the anti-depressant that I realized I was not adjusting to the change so well. Taking the anti-depressant, which was a very low dose, helped me be me a little easier - it actually made a much bigger difference than I thought it would.  It didn’t make me giddy or crazy happy, it just eased my tension and made doing the things I needed to do easier. 

I didn’t feel like my ADD meds were working right until my daughter was almost one - and I still (my daughter’s almost two) do not take the same doses like I did before I had her. 

Also, it sounds like you’re taking regular Adderall, if that’s the case, you should really talk to your doc about the extended release/XR Adderall - it can make all the difference in the world.  Also, I take VYVANSE as my main prescription - it doesn’t last all day like it claims to, so I take the Adderall XR to supplement (I have crazy severe ADD) - but the VYVANSE works similarly to Adderall, you could ask your doc about trying that in lieu of Adderall.

I’m by no means an expert in any of this - I’m only going based on my own experiences and knowledge so these are only suggestions.  Just know that you are not alone in your experiences, and that not just physically but mentally your body went through a huge change and it took about 9 months to go through it, so it will probably take about that long to get back to feeling almost like normal.

Good luck with it all and God bless you and your new little one.  Keep us posted and let us know how it goes.

Posted by ADDLife on Dec 06, 2013 at 10:20am

I am definitely going to try to get into the Dr. ASAP, or maybe even find a new Dr. that’s a little bit easier to get into with my work schedule. I’m glad to know as well that I’m not going crazy or something. It’s just been really hard to not feel like myself and not be able to get simple things done like housework or feel like I’m going senile because I do things and minutes later forget that I’ve done it.

I will definitely keep you posted on my progress.

Posted by megz85 on Dec 06, 2013 at 3:18pm

Also you might want to have your doc check your thyroid levels once you get that appt with him. Pregnancy can often result in thyroid problems afterward. This can contribute to mood, energy level etc. as well.
I agree with ADDLife about the anti-depressant as well. My son was 15 mos when I finally got on one and after feeling better looked back and realized I had post partum depression.  I was so mad at myself for suffering that whole time and worse yet making my relationship and ability to bind with my son suffer. Good luck with everything!

Posted by Udderlycrazy on Dec 06, 2013 at 6:48pm

Same thing happened to me. I was taking Ritalin before my pregnancy and afterwards it didn’t work the same. I’m on Adderall right now which is working for the moment.

Posted by Tinybluemoon on Dec 06, 2013 at 7:42pm

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