Focalin (Oral)

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Focalin (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Focalin (Oral)

Focalin (Oral) Medication Classification


Focalin (Oral) Brandname


Focalin (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Dexmethylphenidate (dex-meth-il-FEN-a-date) Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

When To Not Use Focalin (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to methylphenidate (Ritalin®), if you have problems with severe anxiety, tension, or agitation, if you have Tourette's syndrome, muscle tics, or glaucoma, or if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) within the past 14 days. This medicine should not be given to a child under 6 years of age unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

How Should You Use Focalin (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food. Because dexmethylphenidate can cause a loss of appetite, it is best to take the medicine after eating or just before a meal, unless your doctor tells you differently.
  • Always take this medicine with a full glass of liquid (water, milk, or juice).
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If your next regular dose is less than 4 hours away, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Focalin (Oral) Storage

Store Focalin (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Focalin (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Focalin (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood pressure medicine, blood thinners (Coumadin®, warfarin), clonidine (Catapres®, Clorpres®, Combipres®), medicine for seizures (such as Dilantin®, Luminal®, Mysoline®) or medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, imipramine, trazodone, Norpramin®, Vivactil®, Celexa®, Effexor®, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Serzone®, Zoloft®).

Focalin (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have epilepsy, a history of seizures, stomach problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression or mental illness, or drug or alcohol problems.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Methylphenidate may slow down growth in children. This can cause a child not to gain weight or height normally. Talk with your doctor if you think this is a problem.

Focalin (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Mood or mental changes, unusual behavior
  • Trouble seeing, blurred vision
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements or twitching
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
  • Vomiting, agitation, confusion, sweating, fever, tremors
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Feeling restless or nervous
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain
  • Trouble sleeping

Focalin (Oral) Ratings

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Focalin (Oral)

Effectiveness: *

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: ***


Rodrigo, Rodrigo - 01/15/2014

I think that photographs etc. shulod have constituted strong enough evidence for the interim stage. Therefore on a prima facie standard the injunction shulod not have been decided because the evidence that the defendants produced seemed quite damning. The question of evidence shulod have been resolved only at the stage of trial. Though the Court claims to be following the prima facie standard it looks like the Court has actually followed the 'triable' standard laid down in the American Cyanamid case.

Focalin (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ***


sylvia, georgia - 03/20/2008

About 5 months ago, we decided to put our six-year-old daughter on Focalin. We were pleasantly surprised with the results. Her concentration was up, which led to much better performance in school. There are a couple of negatives, though. If she misses a pill, it's painfully obvious. She has essentially become reliant on the medication. The medication will also wear off after a few hours, but I don't want to give her too much in one day. This is something we will have to work on as time progresses.

Focalin (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Ben, Greenville, SC - 10/01/2008

To my benefit, I have recently found out that ADHD is not only possible for children. I was diagnosed with ADHD in my late 40s. Luckily, someone told me about Focalin. This medication has a complete life-changer. I am now able to concnetrate, which has improved my performance at work, improved my communication with loved ones, and I am more confident. I would recommend Focalin to anyone with ADHD.