Im 19 years old, and im a sophomore in college. I take 63mg orally of Concerta. I am in the nursing program right now and I must have a GPA no lower than a 2.5. Meaning I MUST take my medication or else I will not be able to focus. I am a couple weeks pregnant and I dont know what is going to happen. I am trying not to take the medication but I REALLY need it! I do not want to be behind and fail my classes but I dont know what to do? HELP!
Also, I have no idea how im going to balance school (&clinical) and caring for a child!, suggestions, advice? Working is not an issue, and adoption and abortion is out of the question!
Wow! Do you have a lot of things going on. You gotta be kind of freaked out! Hopefully, you are at a college that offers support. Start with the college counselor. You are not the only one going through this, and they should have experience in dealing with these situations - particularly child care and support for you.
You also seem worried about he use of Concerta. Rightly so - any meds taken early in the pregnancy could be a problem. I have no clue. The max dose is listed as 72mgs so you are under that which is good. But this is something that you really need to talk to a doctor with as soon as possible! It is possible that you might be able to take a small dose of adderall before events where you really need to concentrate. It will then be out of your system fairly quickly. But as I said, I don't know how this will effect the child. And frankly, from my brief bit of research - I'm not sure anybody does. Check out this article - http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:kH4CuWvgmbQJ:www.ncgiadd.org/pdf/Medications.pdf+concerta+and+pregnancy+effects&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiFcufEB1wi_HfdGNFOFUQ0n155Cm_kaeSluaSwM15sZrc0fTAk9uLyru2u93xVb2B8cCVBxRCu5WtUzIxzBM8DrjFC1BxZymbtgkqL0QRL3HD8OwDcd7Ki-0bWjRF2zquCd645&sig=AHIEtbQz4LMw6OpGP1bomqkUBwwAxxc92g
If it doesn't paste in just google concerta and pregancy and look for the 3rd from the bottom. Also I ran across a neat forum by women with similar problems (med wise) - http://www.womenwithadhd.com/forum/topics/conception-and-pregnancy
And by the way, if you haven't already done so - there is a great site aimed at adult ADD. Go to totallyadd.com and start reading.
Hope some of this helps. Best wishes!!!!!
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.