Dexmethylphenidate Drug Info
Dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride (Focalin®) is a prescription drug approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens. In clinical studies, children and teenagers with ADHD who took dexmethylphenidate had significant improvement in their symptoms, compared to children and teenagers with the condition who did not take it. Although it is a stimulant, the drug has a calming effect when used for ADHD.
Prior to beginning treatment with dexmethylphenidate, make sure your healthcare provider knows about any other drugs you are taking, including supplements and nonprescription products. You should also be aware of possible side effects, such as dizziness, insomnia, and hair loss. Dexmethylphenidate comes in tablet form and is usually taken twice a day.
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