ADHD drug taken by mother increases heart issues in baby
According to a recent study, drugs taken by pregnant mothers for ADHD can cause increased risk of heart defects in babies.
Doctors are known to prescribe methylphenidate drug to mothers for their attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD during their pregnancy.
Researchers have found that babies showed higher risk of heart abnormalities in cases where this drug was taken by their mothers.
Methylphenidate is a stimulant that is found in drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin and other ADHD medications.
The research team looked at data of at 1.8 million pregnancies in the United States.
They found that cardiac or heart problems were more common in babies born to mothers who took a particular stimulant.