dexmethylphenidate (Focalin, Focalin XR) (cont.)

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Dexmethylphenidate should be used with caution with blood pressure medications or individuals with high blood pressure because it can increase blood pressure and decrease effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on dexmethylphenidate to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether dexmethylphenidate enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of dexmethylphenidate are increased blood pressure, indigestion, loss of appetite, dry mouth, headache, sleeplessness and anxiety.

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.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014

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