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What are Adderall and focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

What are Adderall and focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

The difference: Adderall contains 75% of the effective (dextro) isomers of amphetamine, while Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is dextro-methylphenidate (only the right-handed, or active molecule of adderall). Adderall is a mixture of amphetamine salts, 3-1 effective to non-effective levo (or left-handed molecules). Dextroamphetamine contains only the effective stereoisomer of amphetamine, and has fewer side effects. ...Read more

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Can I take focalin (dexmethylphenidate) in the morning and Adderall later on in the day?

Can I take focalin (dexmethylphenidate) in the morning and Adderall later on in the day?

Better combination: You could use that combination. However, another consideration would use Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) Xr in the morning and short acting methylphenidate, a related medication in the afternoon. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Why is Adderall prescribed in bigger doses than focalin (dexmethylphenidate)? Is focalin (dexmethylphenidate) stronger?

Why is Adderall prescribed in bigger doses than focalin (dexmethylphenidate)? Is focalin (dexmethylphenidate) stronger?

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

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What's 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

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Is focalin (dexmethylphenidate) stronger than adderall? For example, is a 10mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr the same as adderall 10mg xr, or is it stronger?

Is focalin (dexmethylphenidate) stronger than adderall? For example, is a 10mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr the same as adderall 10mg xr, or is it stronger?

Patient dependent: Dosimetry potency is patient-dependent, not number of milligrams. They are not exactly the same drug. Drug metabolism varies per patient.

Review similarity of the drugs at : http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/06/02/focalin-vs-adderall-comparison/ ...Read more

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Is there a difference between focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR and Adderall xr?

A big difference!: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is the active half or methylphenidate (ritalin). Adderall is a mix of amphetamine salts and of amphetamine isomers. Both can be highly beneficial for treating adhd, but they are different chemicals altogether and may work through slightly different mechanisms. If one doesn't work or has too many side effects, the other may prove better--and it doesn't matter which you try first. ...Read more

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So, I already have focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) but would strattera or Adderall work better?

Good Question: The answer is: maybe, maybe not. If you are receiving good benefit from focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) then there is no particular reason to change. If you aren't, or if you are having problems with side effects, then it is reasonable to explore other options. As a rule, physicians usually like to stick with a medicine if it is being helpful and well tolerated. ...Read more

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What the difference between focalin (dexmethylphenidate) IR and Adderall IR? Which is a better drug for ADD? I only like to take them mon-fri not weekends My dr likes foca

2 different meds: Focalin is dexmethylphenidate, the isomer of methylphenidate, it is supposed to decrease the side effects. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is amphetamine, a different stimulant than methylphenidate. Taking it on weekdays is a good idea. ...Read more

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I was on Ritalin 120mg day, developed tolerance. Now Adderall 120mg, but unhelpful & side effects. Would Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be better? & what dose comparable?

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

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My doc switched me from Adderall IR 20mg 2x a day to 40mg Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR bc he suspected addy wasn't working. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) gives me euphoria, ady didn't, bad?

My doc switched me from Adderall IR 20mg 2x a day to 40mg Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR bc he suspected addy wasn't working. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) gives me euphoria, ady didn't, bad?

Discuss effects with: Prescriber. Euphoria suggests dose too high. Must study effects to determine best dose to help focus of attention without producing adverse effects. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is an amphetamine. Focalin is dexmethylphenidate. Some people respond preferentially to one or the other. It's important to observe impact on target symptoms of short attention span, frustration tolerance, activity, etc. Best regards. ...Read more

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Is focaline XR a better choice than Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focali belongs to the methylphenidate group of stimulants. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) belongs to the amphetamine group of stimulants. Both are efficacious for attention deficit ...Read more

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Is Adderall expensive?

Adderall costs: Adderall is a brand name. Always costs more than generic. Discuss with prescribing doc if the generic is an option for you. Shop around. Pharmacies vary re how much they charge for the same med. Check if your insurance covers Adderall. Also look for pharmacy discount coupons online. Hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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What is Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) used for?

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What is Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) used for?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is another formulation of ritalin, worth a try if Ritalin at therapeutic dose was not effective. It is a form of Methylphenidate used to treat Attention Deficit. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is 80mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR too much?

I need your expertise, is 80mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR too much?

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, [12] & 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 more

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What are the negative consequences of taking someone elses adderall(if you are prescribed)?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Not wise, since that someone else person will have to explain to his/her doctor the shortage in their prescription supply. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take adderall and tessalon perle together?

Drug interaction: According to my sources, there are no interactions between theses two medications. Therefore, as long as they both are prescribed for you, they can be taken as prescribed. ...Read more

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Is vasoconstriction caused by Adderall temporary or permanent?

Is vasoconstriction caused by Adderall temporary or permanent?

Temporary: Adderall is cleared quickly by the body and the vasoconstriction would resolve after clearance. Continued administration of the medication will likely result in the body adjusting so that the affect will not continue to occur. If it does then an alternative medication must be considered. Best regards. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 40mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR in one day?

Is it safe to take 40mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR in one day?

It Can Be: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr 40mg is actually the highest dose of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) officially approved to be used by the fda. So, yes, it is a potentially safe dose. However, whether a person should take that dose depends very much on the individual situation and wether the medicine has been well tolerated at lower doses. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of taking adderall while not prescribed?

What are the long term effects of taking adderall while not prescribed?

Danger: Taking a medication that is not prescribed for you is very dangerous. For safety sake please see your doctor. If you need any medication he/she will prescribe it for you. Please tell the doc the reason you took the medicine in the first place. The doc will help you w/appropriate treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Caffeine after focalin (dexmethylphenidate)? Will I get too shaky or jittery?

Caffeine after focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?  Will I get too shaky or jittery?

You could: There is a concern of interaction since both are stimulants. At the very least space out as much as possible your ingestion of either and speak to your psychiatrist about other strategies if you are unable to give up caffeine. ...Read more

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Would caffeine increase Adderall tolerance? Since have grant similar effects?

Would caffeine increase Adderall tolerance? Since have grant similar effects?

Both stimulants: Caffiene and psycho stimulants have similar effects raising heart rate/blood pressure,helping people feel more focused but potentially interfering with sleep. Psychostimulants are prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity. Caffeine + meds are additive. Too much can make people feel irritable, agitated with GI upset (nausea). See how it affects you. ...Read more

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Can I use these two drugs together. Lumiday and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

Can I use these two drugs together. Lumiday and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

Possibly: With non-fda approved supplements, it is very difficult to truly understand any medication interactions. I reviewed the lumiday website and it seems they claim balanced serotonin levels so I would be more cautious with depression or other mood disorder meds. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr acts primarily as a stimulant so may be okay but unfortunately I cannot state with certainty. Try exercise, diet, mvitamin, etc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have five 5mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) pills that I'm vyvanse?

What to do if I have five 5mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) pills that I'm vyvanse?

Medication must be: Taken only as prescribed. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a long-acting Dextroamphetamine and Focalin is a short-acting dexmethylphenidate, both stimulants for TX of ADHD. Evaluation determines diagnosis and medication dosage (which is adjusted based on response and side effects for the individual). Please contact prescriber if uncertain what to do. Best regards. ...Read more

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My child has a bad attitude since starting focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr; have others had this problem?

My child has a bad attitude since starting focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr; have others had this problem?

Common: Since your child is having irritability being on focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) be sure she isn't having caffeine, chocolate, or decongestants. If she is, try discontinuing them. If older, no energy drinks. Another reason for irritability on stimulants is comorbid depression or anxiety. Please discuss with prescribing physician. If none of these are present your doctor may make alterations in the treatment regimen. ...Read more

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For what length of time should you wait till you can comuse alcohol after taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

For what length of time should you wait till you can comuse alcohol after taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

12hrs about effect l: The length of time that focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR should be effective for is about 12hrs,. That would be a reasonable tiome to wait to have minimal interaction ...Read more

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