TGA slaps pregnancy safety warning on common ADHD drug

The regulator now classifies the stimulant medication as Category D and suggests avoiding scripts for women of childbearing age

Pregnant women should not be prescribed ADHD medications containing methylphenidate because of the heightened risk of fetal cardiac malformations, the TGA warns.

Pregnant woman

Doctors have been advised against prescribing the stimulant, which is also indicated for narcolepsy, to any woman of childbearing age unless “the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks”.

The medicines watchdog has updated the pregnancy category for the brands Ritalin, Concerta and Artige from Category B3 to Category D