Focalin Side Effects, Indications, Uses & Dosage
Drug Description of Focalin
Focalin is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, available in 3 tablet strengths. Each tablet contains dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride 2.5 mg, 5 mg, or 10 mg for oral administration. The immediate release formulation lasts up to five hours while the extended release formulation lasts up to twelve hours.
Uses Of Focalin
Dexmethylphenidate is used as a treatment for ADHD, usually along with psychological, educational, behavioral or other forms of treatment. It is proposed that stimulants help ameliorate the symptoms of ADHD by making it easier for the user to concentrate, avoid distraction, and control behavior. Placebo-controlled trials have shown that once-daily dexmethylphenidate XR was effective and generally well tolerated. Improvements in ADHD symptoms in children were significantly greater for dexmethylphenidate XR versus placebo.
This medication is use to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.
Dosage and Administration
Pediatric Patients With ADHD
Patients New To Methylphenidate
The recommended starting dose of Focalin for pediatric patients who are not currently taking racemic methylphenidate, or for patients who are on stimulants other than methylphenidate, is 10 mg daily (5 mg twice daily) with or without food.
Patients Currently On Methylphenidate
The recommended starting dose of Focalin for pediatric patients currently using methylphenidate is half the total daily dose of racemic methylphenidate.
Focalin Side Effects
Common side effects include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and fever. Serious side effects may include abuse, psychosis, sudden cardiac death, mania, seizures, and dangerously prolonged erection. Safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding is unclear.