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Some people may wonder, "What is dexmethylphenidate extended-release used for?" Dexmethylphenidate extended-release is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The medicine has been shown to help improve the behavior of children and teenagers with ADHD, as well as to help them to sit still and pay attention in the classroom. The medicine is also approved for use in adults. It is not approved for children younger than six years of age.
What Is Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Used For? -- An OverviewDexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Using Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release for ADHD
ADHD is a condition involving difficulty paying attention, sitting still, and controlling behavior. In a child with ADHD, these problems are worse than expected for a typical child of the same age. Usually, the ADHD symptoms must be present before the age of seven to qualify as ADHD. The symptoms must also affect school, work, or social life in a negative way to qualify as ADHD (see ADHD and School and Relationships and ADHD for more information).
Although ADHD is generally thought of as a problem in children, teenagers and adults can also have ADHD. Diagnosing ADHD in adults is different than diagnosing ADHD in children.
Large clinical trials have shown dexmethylphenidate extended-release to be effective at helping children and teenagers who have ADHD. The medication can help improve the behavior of these children and teenagers, as well as to help them sit still and pay attention in the classroom. Dexmethylphenidate extended-release is also approved for use in adults (see Adults Taking Focalin XR and Adult ADHD).
Any behavioral change involves a well-balanced ADHD treatment plan, including social, educational, and mental therapy (see Behavior Therapy for ADHD). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at changing ADHD behavior, ADHD medications, such as dexmethylphenidate extended-release, may be necessary.