Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Side Effects
Some common side effects of dexmethylphenidate extended-release include throat pain, a loss of appetite, and a dry mouth. In many cases, side effects of this medicine are minor and can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. If you experience serious side effects -- such as chest pain, thoughts of suicide, or signs of an allergic reaction -- report them to your healthcare provider. A few rare dexmethylphenidate extended-release side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, hair loss, and feeling jittery.
Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Side Effects: An IntroductionAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects of dexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR®). However, not everyone who takes dexmethylphenidate extended-release will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate dexmethylphenidate extended-release well. When people do develop side effects with this medicine, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(The dexmethylphenidate extended-release side effects discussed below are not a complete list of the side effects reported with dexmethylphenidate extended-release. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)
Common Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Side EffectsDexmethylphenidate extended-release has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, the side effects occurring in a group of people taking the drug are always documented and compared to the side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common dexmethylphenidate extended-release side effects include:
- Headaches -- up to 39 percent of people
- Appetite loss -- up to 30 percent of people (see Focalin XR and Weight Loss)
- Dry mouth -- up to 20 percent of people
- Anxiety -- up to 11 percent of people
- Upset stomach or heartburn -- up to 9 percent of people
- Throat pain -- up to 7 percent of people.
Dexmethylphenidate extended-release can also cause a temporary slowing of growth in children. This slowing of growth is usually small (less that an inch and less than two pounds), and children usually catch up to within normal limits in time.