ADHD Prescriptions for Adult Women Have Skyrocketed, Says the CDC
Among women of childbearing age (15 to 44), there was a 344 percent jump in the number of prescriptions for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicines between 2003 to 2015, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In women 25 to 29, the increase in ADHD drug prescriptions was even more striking – 700 percent; in those 30 to 34 the increase was 560 percent over the same period. The study group ranged from 2.3 million to 6.8 million women each year who filled ADHD medicine prescriptions from outpatient pharmacies.
This increase is significant because little is known about the safety of taking ADHD medications during pregnancy, and half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. More research is needed so women and their health care providers can make informed decisions about ADHD treatment options and the risks and benefits of these options during pregnancy.