What is Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) ?
Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) is a long-acting form of Focalin and can be used to treat children, teens, and adults who have ADHD.
Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) is a once-daily central nervous system stimulant primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults.
Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) may improve focus, and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior, hallmark symptoms for some patients with the condition. It contains the same active ingredient as medications like Ritalin and Daytrana.
What Is the Dosage for Focalin XR?
As with all medications, follow your Focalin XR prescription instructions exactly. Focalin XR is taken orally, with or without food, once daily. The medication is typically taken first thing in the morning; it should be taken at the same time each day for the best results.
Capsules should be swallowed whole with water or other liquids. If your child is unable to swallow the capsule, it can be opened and sprinkled over a spoonful of applesauce. Taken this way, the mixture should be swallowed whole without chewing, followed by a drink of water or other liquid. Capsules should never by crushed or chewed.
Tablets are available in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 25mg, 30mg, 35mg and 40mg dosages. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medication in your body throughout the day.
During treatment, your doctor may periodically ask you to stop taking Focalin XR so that he or she can monitor ADHD symptoms; check vital statistics including blood, heart, and blood pressure; or evaluate height and weight. If any problems are found, your doctor may recommend discontinuing treatment.
What Side Effects Are Associated with Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) ?
The most common side effects of Focalin XR are as follows: stomach ache, headache, nausea, decreased appetite, sleep disturbances, anxiety, dry mouth, and dizziness.
Other serious side effects include: serious allergic reaction, slowing of growth in children, seizures, eyesight changes or blurred vision, and priapism.
Stimulants like Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) have a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among people who do not have ADHD. It is a “Schedule II” stimulant, a designation that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses for drugs with a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule II drugs include Dexedrine, Ritalin, and cocaine. People with a history of drug abuse should use caution when trying this medication. Taking the medication exactly as prescribed can reduce potential for abuse.
What Precautions Are Associated with Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) ?
Store Focalin XR 25mg (Dexmethylphenidate HCl) in a secure place out of reach of children, and at room temperature. Do not share your Focalin XR prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause harm.
You should not take Focalin XR if you or your child have:
tics or Tourette’s syndrome
a history of drug abuse
severe feelings of anxiety, tension, or agitation
an allergy to stimulant medications or any other ingredients in Focalin XR
taken or plan to take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within 14 days.