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Dexmethylphenidate extended-release is a prescription drug that is licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While the medicine is a stimulant, it produces a calming effect. In previous studies, dexmethylphenidate extended-release was shown to be effective at treating symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults. Headaches, throat pain, and dry mouth are a few of the common side effects with this medication.

What Is Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release?

Dexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR®) is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dexmethylphenidate extended-release capsules are specially designed to release half of the medication immediately, and to release the second half of the medication after approximately four hours. As a result, dexmethylphenidate extended-release can be taken just once a day.
Because dexmethylphenidate extended-release is a stimulant and is commonly abused, there are special rules for prescribing the medication (see Focalin XR: A Controlled Substance).
(Click What Is Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Used For? for more information on uses of dexmethylphenidate extended-release, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release?

Dexmethylphenidate extended-release is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
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