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What Is Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Used For?

How Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Works

Although dexmethylphenidate extended-release is a stimulant, it has effects that are the opposite of what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants like caffeine can cause hyperactivity, dexmethylphenidate extended-release has a calming effect. The exact way in which dexmethylphenidate extended-release produces a calming effect is not known; but it is known that the medicine affects chemicals in the brain.
 
Dexmethylphenidate extended-release contains dexmethylphenidate, which is very similar to methylphenidate (the active component of Concerta®, Daytrana®, Ritalin®, Metadate®, and Methylin®). In fact, methylphenidate is actually a mixture of dexmethylphenidate and levomethylphenidate. Of these two components, dexmethylphenidate is the more active one.
 
Dexmethylphenidate extended-release capsules are filled with tiny beads that contain the medication. Half of these are immediate-release beads, and the other half are delayed-release beads, which do not dissolve until they reach the small intestine (about four hours later). This allows dexmethylphenidate extended-release to be taken just once a day (instead of twice a day).
 

Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Use in Young Children

Dexmethylphenidate extended-release has not been approved for use in children younger than six years of age.
 

Off-Label Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend dexmethylphenidate extended-release for something other than the condition(s) discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are a few off-label dexmethylphenidate extended-release uses, such as:
 
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