Precautions and Warnings With Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release
There are a number of precautions and warnings with dexmethylphenidate extended-release to be aware of, including potential drug interactions, the risk of sudden death in some people taking the drug, and the safety of taking it while breastfeeding. There are also certain situations in which you should not take dexmethylphenidate extended-release. You should be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the dexmethylphenidate extended-release precautions and warnings that may apply to you.
Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking dexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR®) if you 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
It is important to also tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.