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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

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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

I need your expertise, is 80mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR to 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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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 or not 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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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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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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My child crashes off her focalin (dexmethylphenidate) X-ray 30 mg and it is disruptive to family. She is totally out of control. Any suggestions?

My child crashes off her focalin (dexmethylphenidate) X-ray 30 mg and it is disruptive to family.  She is totally out of control. Any suggestions?

Focalin-XR: Not unusual to see "poop out" where effect of slow-release stimulant wears off by early to mid-afternoon. Discuss with the prescribing doctor possibility of supplementing with regular-release Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) lower dose during that time of washout. ...Read more

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How old is focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

How old is focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) was approved by the fda in november 2001. ...Read more

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I need some advice on focalin (dexmethylphenidate).

I need some advice on focalin (dexmethylphenidate).

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Please be more specific. Do you want to know about dose, reasons for taking, side effects etc? Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant med widely used for ADD/ADHD. ...Read more

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Could focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be taken to get high?

Could focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be taken to get high?

Possible: Focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) especially at excessive doses, can cause an effect of euphoria. ...Read more

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Is 40 mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) safe for a first dose?

Is 40 mg focalin (dexmethylphenidate) safe for a first dose?

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 more

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How does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you lose your weight?

How does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you lose your weight?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant in the methylphenidate group for treating adhd. All stimulants suppress appetite center in brain which can cause wt. Drop. ...Read more

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How long does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR work for in an adult?

How long does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR work for in an adult?

Not long. : Even though it's called "xr, " it lasts no longer than 4-6 hrs. Most people need three doses of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr to get through a day. But it's a smooth efficient stimulant for add, & deserves consideration if the patient has comorbid anxiety or depression. Or if another stimulant caused depression or anxiety. ...Read more

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I would like some understanding of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

I would like some understanding of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

Methylphenidate: (original trade name ritalin) is a mixture of d- and l-methylphenidate. The d- and i- are enantiomers or molecules that are mirror images of each other. Focalin is d- or dexmethylphenidate which is more potent than the l-methylphenidate. Focalin xr is extended release to last longer. Side effects are similar and some people respond better to one versus the other. Both are good options for adhd. ...Read more

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Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR is no longer effective? Any advice?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR is no longer effective? Any advice?

May need to switch.: There are several options available. First option is to switch to a drug of a different class such as adderall. Another option is to get involved in cognitive behavioral therapy specifically designed for add or adhd. Other options are: elavil, norpramin, pamelor, (nortriptyline) tofranil or other tricyclic antidepressants
catapres, kapvay,
tenex
wellbutrin
best wishes. ...Read more

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Please tell me can focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be taken to get high?

Please tell me can focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be taken to get high?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant with amphetamine like effects used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. It can have adverse effects including euphoria. ...Read more

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Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make your child stay up late at night?

Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make your child stay up late at night?

Sometimes: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is in the the stimulant family, and insomnia is a common side effect of all stimulants. However, children with adhd, even unmedicated, have a fairly high rate of sleeping problems. Trying to take the medication as early in the day as feasible may help in minimizing this side effect. ...Read more

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I'm taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR how long until i see results?

Fast-to several wks: Some effects can be seen wiht first dosing. However, it can take several weeks to attain maximum therapeutic effect. ...Read more

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How long does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR take to get out of your system ?

How long does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR take to get out of your system ?

About 24 hours: To some degree depends upon the dose you were taking it in our you were dividing it up for the day, but in general if you were taking a once a day dose then it would be expected that would be out of your system in about 24hr according to the data on the Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr website. Since it is a medication that is extended release with the second release occurring about 4 to 6 hours afterwords, it's very difficult to speak in terms of elimination half-life per se. The curve on the website shows however that after a single dose of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) exr it is out of the system at 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could end the effects of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

Can you tell me how I could end the effects of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr?

Wait about 10 hours: after your last dose for it to wear off. Stimulants do not " build up" or stay in the bloodstream at a steady state. Any symptoms you have that are side-effects of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) will be gone completely after 24 hours after your last dose. If your symptoms persist longer than that, they are not related to Focalin (dexmethylphenidate). ...Read more

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Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) work better or worse or differently than the other add drugs on kids?

Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) work better or worse or differently than the other add drugs on kids?

Same: As the drs. Said, it's the right half of the methylphenidate molecule & the dose is 1/2 that of ritalin. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr's onset is 30 minutes & it lasts ~ 10 hours. Because it releases 1/2 the dose initially & the other 1/2 4 hours later, some kids get "rebound " symptoms late am if they are " rapid metabolizers"& the the first dose wears off before the 2nd kicks in, requiring increasing the dose. ...Read more

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Are focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR capsules dividable into a lower dosage without losing the XR effect?

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

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What medicine is close enough to focalin (dexmethylphenidate) to replace it, if you can't find focalin (dexmethylphenidate) to buy?

What medicine is close enough to focalin (dexmethylphenidate) to replace it, if you can't find focalin (dexmethylphenidate) to buy?

Many: There are many medications that are used for the same purpose as dexmethyllphenidate (focalin (dexmethylphenidate)). The closest relative is methylphenidate which is generic or branded as Ritalin or a longer acting form concerta. Talk to your doctor who prescribed the focalin (dexmethylphenidate). ...Read more

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Been on focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 10mg, once a day, for 2 days now( yesterday & today)... Can't tell any difference? When will I be able to tell a difference?

Been on focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 10mg, once a day, for 2 days now( yesterday & today)... Can't tell any difference? When will I be able to tell a difference?

If you have a valid : diagnosis of ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type along with your anxiety &/or depression for which you take WB & Pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) your doctor did the right thing, starting a stimulant in a low dose. Next step is to titrate the dose slowly till you have a maximal effect without side effects or side effects that preclude its use. If no effect after 2-3 days, ask your doctor about increasing the dose. ...Read more

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Will snorting 10 milligrams focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you sick or overdose will snorting 10 milligrams focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you sick or overdose

Will snorting 10 milligrams focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you sick or overdose will snorting 10 milligrams focalin (dexmethylphenidate) make you sick or overdose

Not smart!: Snorting anything can damage your brain or kill you! Quit while your still above ground! Some folks don't get a second chance! I have seen so many patients at Central State that damaged their brain to the extent they will need a care taker for the rest of their life! Want to follow them, its your choice, your brain!! Or do whats right! ...Read more

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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