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    Old 03-26-2005, 12:30 AM   #1
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    Hi all. My doctor will be having me start taking Focalin shortly so I've been trying to do some reseach on it. I have used these boards a lot and have found great information. Here at the ADD forum I see a lot of questions with ritalin adderall and stratera, but i was hoping someone might have some insight as to how focalin works and how they are doing on it. i've recently takin a leave of absense from work b/c i have been so bad lately with focusing, i was about to lose my job! thankfully my company agreed to let me take this time to get treatment! so any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
    just a few questions i have off the top of my head:

    is focalin a stimulant/is it controlled?
    is it just as good as the other medications?

    Thanks!!!

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    Old 03-26-2005, 05:25 AM   #2
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    Re: Newly Diagnosed - Questions about Focalin

    My son used to take a semi-low dose of it in the afternoon. He did pretty well on it. It is a controlled substance.

     
    Old 03-26-2005, 03:39 PM   #3
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    Re: Newly Diagnosed - Questions about Focalin

    Focalin is a stimulant and its active ingredient dexmethylphenidate is a sort of "refined" version of the methylphenidate used in Ritalin, Concerta, etc.

    The effects/side effects are pretty similar to those of other amphtamine-based stimulants used for treating ADD.

     
    Old 03-28-2005, 08:41 AM   #4
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    Question Re: Newly Diagnosed - Questions about Focalin

    I guess thats where I get confused. How is it a refined active ingredient thats in ritalin? is there something else focalin does, or something in addition? does that mean its just a concentrated form?

    thanks guys!! <---- thought he was funny!

     
    Old 03-28-2005, 09:21 AM   #5
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    Re: Newly Diagnosed - Questions about Focalin

    No, Focalin doesn't do anything that Ritalin doesn't do. Methylphenidate is a chemical compound and those parts of this compound that don't really do anything are removed leaving just the active d-isomer of methylphenidate, which is then called dexmethylphenidate.

    Since Focalin is a sort of concentrated version of Ritalin the dose is usually about half that of Ritalin. There is really not much difference between the two apart from the dose needed to achieve the same effect.

     
    Old 03-28-2005, 01:05 PM   #6
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    Re: Newly Diagnosed - Questions about Focalin

    My daughter now takes Focalin after 3-4 years on Adderall XR. We are so much more pleased with the Focalin as she really has no side-effects other than being able to stay more focused. It doesn't effect her appetite, moods, sleeping, etc. She is a big girl for her age of 11 and only has to take 7.5 mgs in the morning and 5 mgs in afternoon if needed. She is homeschooled so I don't have to worry about embarassment of lunch time dosing and she only takes the second dose if she needs it for extra-curricular activites. For us, another advantage is that the cost is more than half of Adderall as we don't have insurance that covers this type of med.

     
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