Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking dexmethylphenidate extended-release if you (or your child) have:
- Heart problems of any kind, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, certain irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias), or a recent history of a heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Mental illness, including bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Tourette syndrome
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eye)
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Focalin XR and Pregnancy)
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take dexmethylphenidate extended-release.)
Overdose With Dexmethylphenidate Extended-ReleasePeople who take too much dexmethylphenidate extended-release may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Hyperactivity (trouble sitting still)
- Fast breathing
- Muscle pains
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really there).
If you happen to overdose on dexmethylphenidate extended-release, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Focalin XR Overdose for more information.)