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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
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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