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Old 08-08-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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focalin xr vs adderall xr

My son has been on foclin xr 20mg. during school year for 2 years 10 mg. 2 years before that. His grades are decent handwriting terrible and study habits still not so good. Is adderrall better than focalin?

 
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Re: focalin xr vs adderall xr

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Is adderrall better than focalin?
Depends.

Talk to your physician about it. Try Adderall XR and monitor your son's behavior. There is no other way to determine in your son's unique case.

My family doctor has twin sons both with ADHD. She prescribes mostly Adderall XR for kids in school. Her son's are doing better on Adderall than they were on Ritalin - for what it is worth. Foculin is more potent that Ritalin.

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Old 08-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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Re: focalin xr vs adderall xr

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Foculin is more potent that Ritalin.
Focalin at the same dose is more potent that Ritalin, because Focalin is Dextromethylphenidate while Ritalin is Racemic? Do prescriptions for both come in roughly the same doses, or is Focalin generally prescribed at lower doses?

Adderall is a slightly different medication than Focalin, and would have to be evaluated by its results, we cannot give you a hard and fast answer because different meds affect different people differently (so yeah, what Bob said ).

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Re: focalin xr vs adderall xr

Thunor wrote:
A. Focalin at the same dose is more potent that Ritalin, because Focalin is Dextromethylphenidate while Ritalin is Racemic?
B. Do prescriptions for both come in roughly the same doses, or is Focalin generally prescribed at lower doses?

A.Ans: Gee golly I knows what racemic means!!! Yes, Ritalin (methyphenidate) is racemic - got the levo and the dextro. See I do know - thanks to you, Thu.

B.Ans: Focalin is prescribed much lower in the lower 48 ... and in Canada too. Whereas 60mg is considered tops for Ritalin, Focalin tops out at 20 mg.

Relevance to you, jef2902; the potency gap between Adderall and Foculin is not as great as between Adderall and Ritalin.

My family doctor saw a large improvement when her kids went from Ritalin to Adderalll. Who knows? Perhaps you will too with a Foculin to Adderall switch. Foculin is closer chemically to Ritalin than it is Adderall.

I find it interesting that Foculin's recommended max dose is half that of Adderall's. Any relevance?

Don't know. But dog-gone-it, I do know what rancid means.

Bob

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Re: focalin xr vs adderall xr

I wouldn't say one ADD med is better than another it will depend on the person and how they react to it.

I have tried Focalin and Adderall and so has my daughter. Both of us found Focalin not to be helpful but we both do well taking Adderall.
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