What You Need to Know About Taking Dextrostat While Pregnant

Is It Okay to Take Dextrostat While Pregnant?

When a woman becomes pregnant, her fetus can be affected by everything she ingests. This includes food, over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. For this reason, it is recommended pregnant women monitor everything they put in their body and remain as drug-free as possible. However, this may be difficult or nearly impossible for women who depend on prescription medications to function in their daily lives.

Dextrostat is a medication prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and, in some cases, narcolepsy. If you are a Dextrostat patient who is pregnant or is considering becoming pregnant, you should schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss your options. There may be higher risks for some patients rather than others in regard to taking Dextrostat while pregnant.

In general, Dextrostat should only be taken during pregnancy when absolutely necessary. Your doctor will know whether the benefits of staying on the Dextrostat treatment will outweigh the potential risks of the medication on the fetus. If you are currently taking Dextrostat and become pregnant, do not abruptly stop taking the medication. Abruptly stopping your Dextrostat treatment may induce withdrawal symptoms, which can affect you and your unborn baby. In most cases, doctors will gradually taper off a Dextrostat patient’s dose over time to give their body ample time to adjust to less and less of the medication.

What You Need to Know About Taking Dextrostat While Pregnant

The effects on the fetus due to taking Dextrostat while pregnant are not well documented in humans. In some cases, symptoms in babies who are born to mothers taking Dextrostat include agitation and listlessness.

Currently, the FDA classifies Dextrostat in the C category for drugs taken during pregnancy. This class indicates there is not sufficiently controlled human research data to determine if the medicine is safe or unsafe for mothers to consume while pregnant. It is important to note, however, that Dextrostat is a stimulant medication. There has been research indicating women who take amphetamines while pregnant tend to birth babies with an increased risk of congenital malformation.

In animal studies, data has revealed evidence of embryotoxicity, teratogenicity, and reproductive toxicity to be associated with taking Dextrostat during pregnancy. Additional research on animals has also indicated developmental delays, behavioral sensitization, and increased motor activity in offspring whose mothers were given doses of Dextrostat equal to what of what a human would take for a therapeutic dose. Due to the effects being widely unknown in human babies, it is recommended for pregnant patients to only take Dextrostat when absolutely necessary.

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