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I got a focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr 20mg and used to taking adderall. what is the difference between the two?

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Dr. Jane Steiner answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Both stimulants: Adderall is a combination of amphetamine salts. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a refined version of methylphenidate, the Brand name of which is the well-known name Ritalin. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR is an extended-release form of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate). Methylphenidate and amphetamine are both stimulants and are very similar in their effects and possible side-effects, but different enough that some people do better with one than another.

Answered 11/28/2017

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