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.
Stimulants. Adderall is a mixture of 4 amphetamine salts. focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a form of methylphenidate, actually the active half of the methylphenidate molecule thought to contain the positive effects.

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

Combination for ADHD. It is very common and necessary at times, to combine medications for adhd since they don't last long enough in the system to cover all the needs in one day at work or at school. Sometimes this strategy is better in terms of safety as well, since some medications may produce more side effects than others in one person. As long as your doctor check for your safety, that seems ok. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...