Does anyone know any info. on Focalin a new add medication?
Asked by Renita Boyett 5 months ago.
Focalin is used for: Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Focalin is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Exactly how it works is not known. Do NOT use Focalin if: you are allergic to any ingredient in Focalin you have severe anxiety, agitation, or tension you have glaucoma you have motor tics (involuntary movements), Tourette syndrome, or a family history of Tourette syndrome you have serious heart problems (eg, heart defect, irregular heartbeat) you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) or have taken an MAOI within the past 14 days Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you. Before using Focalin : Some medical conditions may interact with Focalin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances if you have a history of high blood pressure, heart problems (eg, heart failure, fast or irregular heartbeat), or recent heart attack, or if a family member has a history of irregular heartbeat or sudden death if you have a history of seizures or abnormal electroencephalograms (EEGs) if you have a history of overactive thyroid or chronic fatigue if you have a history of mood or mental problems (eg, agitation, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, tension), abnormal thoughts, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts or attempts, or alcohol or other substance abuse or dependence, or if a family member has a history of any of these problems Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Focalin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following: MAOIs (eg, phenelzine ) because severe high blood pressure may occur Clonidine because serious side effects may occur Pressor agents (eg, norepinephrine) because the risk of high blood pressure may be increased Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), certain anticonvulsants (eg, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone), phenylbutazone, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, imipramine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Focalin Guanethidine or other medicines for high blood pressure because their effectiveness may be decreased by Focalin This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Focalin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine. How to use Focalin : Use Focalin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Focalin comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Focalin refilled. Take Focalin by mouth with or without food. Take your doses at least 4 hours apart unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You may have trouble sleeping while taking Focalin . If this occurs, taking your last dose earlier in the day may help. Check with your doctor before you change the way that you take Focalin . If trouble sleeping continues, talk with your doctor. If you miss a dose of Focalin , skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Focalin . Important safety information: Focalin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Focalin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor. If your symptoms do not get better within 1 month or if they get worse, check with your doctor. Serious effects, including heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, have occurred with the use of stimulant medicines in patients with heart defects or other serious heart problems. If you have a heart defect or other serious problem, talk with your doctor about other therapies to treat your condition. Lab tests, including blood pressure, heart function, complete blood cell counts, and platelet counts, may be performed while you use Focalin . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. Focalin may affect growth rate and weight gain in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth and weight checks while they take Focalin . Caution is advised when using Focali Answered by Marisha Picardi 5 months ago.
My son is on 12 hour multiplied liberate Adderall. He began with 10 mg. two x according to day. That knocked him out and made him right into a boy I did not realize. Then they reduce it down to five mg. two x according to day and he had swings. He went approximately an hour among doses wherein he was once only a mess since he had no medication in his procedure. I introduced him again to the health care professional for the third time and defined that I did not wish my child swinging all day so he positioned him at the 12 hour XR - that has been pleasant. He is focusing a lot more in tuition, his grades have elevated and he nonetheless has his persona. Answered by Kimberly Daughtry 5 months ago.
How strong is Focalin?
How much ADHD is suppressed with this pill?
Asked by Daphine Maze 5 months ago.
Focalin is almost identical to Ritalin or Methylphenidate. It comes in several doses and it also comes in XR form. The two most common medications for ADHD are the Ritalin family and the Adderall family. Both these medicine are amphetamines and in people with ADHD they help improve focus and attention and the also help with impulsive behavior. Medicines such as Focalin act on the body in much the same way as Ritalin but they are manufactured in such a way that they enter and they leave the blood stream in a 'smoother' manner than plain Ritalin or methylphenidate and for this reason, in some people , there is less of a bounce affect or a mood swing when the medicine leaves the blood stream. The amount of ADHD suppressed depends tremendously on the individual and on the dose. Most doctors start with a relatively low dose of ADHD medication and add more as they determine it is necessary. Answered by Ruth Latronica 5 months ago.
Focalin Side Effects?
Me... 25 yrs old asian medical student recently (1 months ago) diagnosed with ADHD currently taking Focalin. Had doctor prescribe me 2.5 mg Focalin so I can take it when ever I need to. Normally I don't take more than 6 tablets a day (12.5 mg) Are these side effects? I can't find it anywhere...
Asked by Cicely Mellon 5 months ago.
Me... 25 yrs old asian medical student recently (1 months ago) diagnosed with ADHD currently taking Focalin. Had doctor prescribe me 2.5 mg Focalin so I can take it when ever I need to. Normally I don't take more than 6 tablets a day (12.5 mg) Are these side effects? I can't find it anywhere on online. Numbness sensation on my left inner border scapula (sensation is not to a point where it to kill me or bother me at all, but just worried) Also, sometims.. I get this numbness on my 4th and 5th left digits.... seems like it has something to do with my ulnar nerve? Besides, those, Focalin works great for me... no GI symptoms, etc.. no headaches.. etc.. Anyway, are they really side effects? Does it have to do with my heart? BP is normal. Should I tell my doctor to switch me off to different meds? Really appreaciate for you helps. Thanks in advance. Answered by Jeannette Stensrud 5 months ago.
Focalin Side Effects Answered by Kaila Soliman 5 months ago.
Focalin & adderall..?
how similar are those two? is focalin more similar to adderall or to ritalin?
Asked by Alejandro Lorge 5 months ago.
Adderall is a mixture of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine (also known as mixed amphetamine salts) so it is an amphetamine. Focalin is dexmethylphenidate. Ritalin is methylphenidate. The difference between Ritalin and Focalin is very simple- put both your hands out in front of you and pretend that your hands (two separate compounds) are Ritalin. Your hands are mirror images of each other and so is methylphenidate, there is dextomethylphenidate and levomethylphenidate. D-methylphenidate is your right hand, l-methylphenidate is you left hand. Ritalin contains both forms of methylphenidate, the dextro (right hand) and levo (left hand) forms. However Focalin only has the right hand, dexto, form of methylphenidate. Instead of naming it (dextro)methylphenidate it is called (dex)methylphenidate. The dextro from of methylphenidate is what does most of the pharmacological action, levomethylphenidate does not do very much and it is not nearly as potent or effective as dextomethylphenidate. So Focalin is twice as potent as Ritalin however they do have the exact same drug, dextomethylphenidate but Ritalin also has levomethylphenidate. So clearly Focalin and Ritalin are much more similar, they do have similar actions to amphetamine however methylphenidate is NOT an amphetamine. Answered by Deana Smutzler 5 months ago.
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Is anyone taking focilin XR. I'm a 23F that just started taking it this month. What are your side effects? Do you think the drug works well? Thanks
Asked by Nelle Zani 5 months ago.
Focalin XR is like any other medication for ADD/ADHD. For some people it works well, for others it does not. All you can do is see how it works for you. My boys have taken many different medications for ADHD....my oldest never had to "experiment" as what was given him worked. My youngest with severe ADHD and an extremely rapid metabolism had some that did nothing and others that he burned off so quickly that he had to be switched constantly since he would burn work up to and burn through to the maximum dose in a year and a half or less! Most people experience no side effects at all. However, the side effects are: nausea stomach pain insomnia headache nervousness loss of appetite weight loss These usually pass after being on the medication for a while but the doctor should be told if you experience them. He might have you stay on the medication for a few weeks to see if it passes, but if it doesn't, will switch you. There are also some rare side effects and your doctor should be notified immediately if any of these occur: high fever muscle issues mood or behavior changes severe sweating swelling of the ankles/feet extreme fatigue blurred vision sore throat Answered by Anitra Griffes 5 months ago.
My 14 year old son has been taking Focalin XR for 4 years and has no severe side effects. He does have a loss of appetite around lunch time, but has soon as the meds wear off he eats a full dinner. If taken too late in the day he may have trouble sleeping. Answered by Freeda Manus 5 months ago.
How long does Focalin XR work in an Adult?
I was put on 20mg. of Focalin XR this week for ADD. I take it at 8am along with Wellbutrin 150mg and Prozac 40mg. It seems to help some but NOT all day . . . maybe until about 4pm. Does drinking coffee have any negative effect??
Asked by Felicita Stefl 5 months ago.
Focalin XR is a stimulant in extended release form for the treatment of ADHD in children and adults/ Welbutrin and Prozac are drugs for the treatment of major depression. The fact that you are taking 3 drugs makes it difficult if not impossible to determine why the effects you notice may not last all day. You are getting the maximum recommended dose of Focalin for an adult and it should not be given for the treatment of depression according to the information given in www.fda.gov/oder/fci/label/2005/021802lb... You can look up the facts on these drugs by typing in "Focalin XR", "Welbutrin" and "Prozac" into Yahoo! web search, one at a time and a number of links comes up. The food and drug admin., fda, sites give the most technical info. I would look these drugs up and confront your prescribing physician with any inconsistencies you might find including the one in your question. As I said above it is impossible to determine which drug is not giving you the "feeling" of being effective all day. Good luck in your search, good health, peace and love! Answered by Patience Kneisler 5 months ago.
My daughter is 8 and she was diagnosed with ADHD last year and I had her on ritalin, which only upset her stomach. So I took her off of it without telling for months and the teacher didnt even know. She told me at the conference that my daughter has improved sooo much, but little to her knowledge my daughter was not even on the medication. I just got her on Juice Plus+. It is all natural fruits and vegetables combined in a gummy form. I have changed her diet too. She is doing much better in school. But please dont put your daughter on medication, there is too many side effects and risks that are not worth it!!!! Good luck to ya. Answered by Fredricka Nemetz 5 months ago.
Is focalin an appetite suppressant and is it similar to adderall?
Asked by Scott Gertel 5 months ago.
Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a psychostimulant like Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts). Both Adderall and Focalin have been used as appetite suppressants/weight loss drugs but neither are specifically indicated for that purpose. Focalin is only approved to treat ADHD and Adderall is only approved to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Actually Focalin is more similar to Ritalin (methylphenidate) than Adderall or other amphetamines. In fact Focalin and Ritalin are, for very literally, the same drug except Ritalin has 50% dexmethylphenidate (Focalin) and 50% levomethylphenidate which is basically inert. So Focalin is twice as potent as Ritalin (ie 20 mg of Ritalin = 10 mg of Focalin). Amphetamines are also typically more effective appetite suppressants compared to Ritalin or Focalin. Answered by Felicitas Trinidad 5 months ago.
sounds like you're becoming dependent on them. sorry if thats not what you want to hear but what you've listed are the first stages off adderall dependence. I started taking adderall during my sophmore year of high school and it made me lose so much weight. after about 6 months my insurance also stopped and i had to stop taking them. once i did i gained 20 lbs like that. it took me soo long to lose cause my metabolism got so messed up from the adderall but once i did i decided im gonna live healthy without that junk and i was so used to the effect of adderall i kept paying attention in class. Answered by Delma Batterson 5 months ago.
What exactly is the prescription drug "focalin"?
I have a friend that told me she was prescribed focalin because she couldnt stay focused with anything. I'm just curious as to what focalin is prescribed for and what are the side effects?
Asked by Shizuko Cavanaugh 5 months ago.
Focalin is a mild stimulant to the central nervous system (brain and nerves). Focalin is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Focalin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide Focalin side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Focalin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure); fast or uneven heart rate; blurred vision or other visual changes; unusual behavior, confusion; or twitching or tics. Continue using Focalin and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: sleep problems (insomnia); loss of appetite; upset stomach; feeling restless, anxious, or jittery; dry mouth, sore throat; or headache. Answered by Maricela Gosa 5 months ago.
Prescription drugs are held to a manufacturing and labeling standard that street drugs are not. A "hit" of speed from a street dealer might well be a Tylenol that he bought at a drug store and relabeled, knowing you aren't going to come back and complain or report him to the Better Business Bureau. You never know how strong street drugs are, or what impurities might be included. I've not taken a lot of street drugs, and I HAVE taken anti-depressants. I would NEVER trust someone not trained to provide the antidepressants to do so. While some are addictive, not all prescription drugs are addictive. Many prescriptions are handled through doctors only because there are serious side-effects that need to be monitored. There is a ton of warning packaging that I doubt a drug dealer from the street would bother to provide. Also, drugs can interact, and getting your digitalis off the street makes no sense at all. Anything we put into our bodies should be as pure as we can make it. Medications are extremely important for our quality of life, but not all medications are equal. Taking a hit of heroine to cure a depression isn't a good plan. Alcohol is legal, but still not a good "treatment" for depression. Seeing a doctor and going through a pharmacy is more than "legal." It is far safer and wiser than trying to treat yourself with street drugs. Answered by Laurel Henkin 5 months ago.
Dexmethylphenidate belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years of age and older . Dexmethylphenidate increases attention and decreases restlessness in children and adults who are overactive, cannot concentrate for very long, or are easily distracted and impulsive. This medicine is used as part of a total treatment program that also includes social, educational, and psychological treatment . This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription . This product is available in the following dosage forms: Capsule, Extended Release Tablet In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered: Allergies Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully. Pediatric Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatrics-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of dexmethylphenidate in children. Safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 6 years of age . Geriatric No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of dexmethylphenidate in geriatric patients Breastfeeding There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding. Drug Interactions Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take. Clorgyline Iproniazid Isocarboxazid Lazabemide Moclobemide Nialamide Pargyline Phenelzine Procarbazine Selegiline Toloxatone Tranylcypromine Other Interactions Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco. Other Medical Problems The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially: Agitation, severe or Anxiety, severe or Glaucoma or Motor tics (repeated muscle movements) or Tension, severe or Tourette's syndrome, or family history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions . Alcohol abuse, history of or Drug abuse and dependence, history of—Dependence may be more likely to develop . Blood vessel problems or Depression, severe or Heart disease or failure or Heart rhythm problems or Hypertension (high blood pressure) or Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or Psychosis (mental illness) or Seizures, history of or Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)—May make these conditions worse . Answered by Vernetta Quin 5 months ago.
It's similar to Ritalin, and is for people with ADHA (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It will act as a stimulant for your friend's central nervous system, which is your brain, spine etc..the part that controls behaviour. Normal side effects would be nasea, trouble sleeping, weight loss, headache, loss of appitite. If she starts developing a fever, twitches, fainting, blurred vision, anything that doesn't seem right, tell someone like a teacher. Basically, it will help your friend concentrate, control her behaviour and avoid distractions. Hope I helped. Good luck with your friend. xoxo Answered by Tyron Jesmer 5 months ago.
What Is Focalin Used For Answered by Rima Corrion 5 months ago.
It is prescribed for ADHD.In children and adults,doses prescribed are different.Every body is different so some show side effects.Go to the sources for more details. Answered by Julianna Lehning 5 months ago.
It's a mild central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD it's a modified version of ritalin can be addictive over time. Answered by Pearl Skillings 5 months ago.
How do you take Focalin to get the highest you can off of it?
Asked by Julio Hemmingsen 5 months ago.
if you're prescribed focalin, taking an extra pill (i.e you take 20mg a day, 10mg extra) will get you a bit high. it's shortlasting and is really just a slight euphoria and extra energy. grinding up the pill and snorting or just swallowing it. if you aren't prescribed it, any dose will be felt. but here's the thing, don't take it to get high. it isn't something that you want to start doing, i know from experience that it really is dumb and not healthy at all. it messes with your sleeping, my nose is starting to get a little numb (i can't even feel it when i snort anymore), and my sense of smell has even declined a tiny bit. even though i love the extra focus i get (i have add) and little energy and good mood but it's not worth it. please consider taking my advice :) Answered by Lindsay Hartfield 5 months ago.
Focalin XR is a medicine used to deal with kids who have ADD. If you take it the most that can happen is suffering from extreme depression and dejectedness. There is no way to get high off of a calming/focus medication. Answered by Lady Deanhardt 5 months ago.
focalin is supposed to be better. Adderall made my poor daughter go from a happy child to one who saw things trying to grab her out of her bed, and saying she had two people talking to her. One bad, one good. Needless to say , she no longer takes Adderall Answered by Denver Sovocool 5 months ago.
Are Focalin xr and concerta similar?
I'm normally prescribed Focalin XR 10mg but I have run out and my Dr is apparently on bed rest for her pregnancy I do have done Concerta 18mgs and I'm wondering if I can take it just till I can get in to see the other doctor on Friday
Asked by Dawne Fiorello 5 months ago.
Concerta is methylphenidate, focalin is d-methylphenidate. In most organic molecules, there are different orientations the molecule can be put together (isomers). When a product is synthesized, you get a mixture of all possible isomers (most of the time). Methylphenidate has two isomers - d and l. In biological systems, it is usually the case that only one of these isomers is biologically active. In the case of methylphenidate, the d isomer is biologically active. Focalin is ONLY the d isomer, while concerta is a mixture of both the d and l isomer. The fact that it's a mixture decreases the efficacy of a given does - however, 10mg of the d isomer is probably about as strong as 18mg of the mixture, since only (approximately) half of the mixture is the d isomer. That being said, I would go ahead and take 18mg of concerta. HOWEVER, there is still one more detail - the focalin you have is extended release, while the concerta is not specified. If the concerta is not extended release, it will feel slightly stronger, will last a shorter period of time, and you will crash more than you would from the focalin. If you have taken it before, it's hard to tell you not to take it, but just know that it will most likely feel different in the way that I've just described. Answered by Arturo Grabowski 5 months ago.