dexmethylphenidate (Focalin, Focalin XR)

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GENERIC NAME: dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride

BRAND NAME: Focalin, Focalin XR

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablet: 2.5, 5, 10 mg. Capsules (extended-release) dexmethylphenidate: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 mg

STORAGE: Store dexmethylphenidate between temperatures of 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Dexmethylphenidate is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and older.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014



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