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Focalin XR (Dexmethylphenidate) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients


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Below are Focalin XR (Dexmethylphenidate) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, Focalin XR has an overall score of 7. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 6. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.

Focalin XR review by 25 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   ADHD
Dosage & duration:   5mg taken 1/day for the period of 2 yrs
Other conditions:   OCD
Other drugs taken:   Allegra
Reported Results
Benefits:   Focalin XR reduced the severity of ADHD symptoms. It increased attention and reduced fidgeting. Also noticed an increased productivity at work and better interpersonal interactions. Additionally, the XR formulation is easier to take properly because it only has to be taken once a day, versus 3 - 4 times a day for the non extended release formula.
Side effects:   The main side effects experienced included loss of appetite and increased anxiety, especially towards the end of the drug's effectiveness period (about 8 hours). This is an improvement over short-acting Focalin where these side effect was experienced up to 3xs a day. I did not experience any other side effects.
Comments:   Diagnosed with ADHD at 17. On some form of Ritalin since 17. Ritalin had too many side effects so used Focalin. Unfortunately Focalin short-acting required me to remember to take it 3xs a day, and I have ADHD, so the extended release was a much better fit.

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