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Whats the difference between dosage? Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 15 mg compared to Adderall 15. What's the differences between the effects?
Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) a bit more.: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is about the same potency of d-amphetamine. Adderall has both d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine, so 15 mg is not quite is about 75% as potent as 15 mg of amphetamine. That said, individual responses to stimulants vary so much that for any given person, Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) might work much better than Adderall or the other way round. Dose needs are highly individual and requires trying different doses. ...Read more
Are focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR capsules dividable into a lower dosage without losing the XR effect?
Not dividable : Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr capsules may be swallowed whole or capsule contents can be sprinkled on applesauce (children). Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr and/or their contents should not be crushed, chewed, or divided. Discuss a lower dosage with your prescribing doctor. Take care. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel cold when i'm on focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR 20? Or should I lower the dosage to 15?
No: Your response is unusual. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
I have ADHD I'm 16 and I would like to know is there a way to help increase focus without increasing dosage of medication. I take focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR 20 mg. ?
Many ways: There are many ways to increase focus. Brain training games like on Lumosity or other sites can help. Learning meditation is also effective. Some patients have great success with biofeedback for neurofeedback. Some patients can actually come off medications after neurofeedback treatments. Good luck to you. ...Read more
High for startt: focalin (dexmethylphenidate) at 40 mg is the equivalent of Ritalin 80 mg. these are very high starting doses and may cause dose related side effects. If they occur, you may get discouraged from using Focalinwhich at a lower dose would be helpful to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a daily dose of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR 20 mg was taken two days before detection of ovulation is there a chance of adverse reactions to the fetus?
I was on Ritalin 120mg day, developed tolerance. Now Adderall 120mg, but unhelpful & side effects. Would Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be better? & what dose comparable?
See below: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR might feel better than Ritalin for some with ADHD. But tolerance to a medication typically requires being off. Dosing is best left to the psychiatrist who can evaluate you as it will also need to include weighing tolerance, symptoms and side effects. ...Read more
No: Dexmethylphenidate has a 4-6 hour duration of effect (a long-acting formulation, Focalin XR, which spans 12 hours is also available & has been shown to be as effective. It has also been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of childhood ADHD, & ADHD in adults.] Typical daily doses of dexmethylphenidate are around 20-40 mg for children & 40–60 mg for adults. A maximum of 80 mg can tolerated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer