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- What is dexmethylphenidate-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for dexmethylphenidate-oral?
- Is dexmethylphenidate-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for dexmethylphenidate-oral?
- What are the side effects of dexmethylphenidate-oral?
- What is the dosage for dexmethylphenidate-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with dexmethylphenidate-oral?
- Is dexmethylphenidate-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about dexmethylphenidate-oral?
What is dexmethylphenidate-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Dexmethylphenidate is a medication used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is chemically similar to methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta). It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) in a manner that is similar to amphetamines; however, its actions are milder than amphetamines. It stimulates the brain by increasing the level of neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by nerves that are released and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves). The exact mechanism of action of the drug in people with ADHD is unknown. FDA approved dexmethylphenidate extended-release capsules in May 2005.
What brand names are available for dexmethylphenidate-oral?
Focalin, Focalin XR
Is dexmethylphenidate-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for dexmethylphenidate-oral?
What are the side effects of dexmethylphenidate-oral?
Dexmethylphenidate may be abused and it is a Schedule II controlled medication. Long term abuse can cause tolerance, psychological dependence, abnormal behavior, and psychosis. Use cautiously in people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
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