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What is Dexmethylphenidate
What is Dexmethylphenidate? Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. Focalin versus Ritalin works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Dexmethylphenidate er brand name belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.
How to use
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions about what is Dexmethylphenidate? ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride by mouth as directed by your doctor
- Usually once daily in the morning, with or without food.
- Taking Focalin versus Ritalin late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).
- The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
- Your doctor may direct you to gradually increase or decrease your dose.
- Also, if you have used it for a long time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without consulting your doctor.
- Do not break, crush, or chew this medication.
- Swallow the capsules whole.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may open the capsule and carefully sprinkle its contents on a spoonful of cool applesauce. Swallow all of the mixtures right away without chewing it. Then drink a glass of cool liquid to make sure you have swallowed all of the doses. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time.
Methylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate are different medications and do not provide the same amount of medicine. Do not switch between products unless your doctor tells you to.
Take Focalin versus Ritalin regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Don’t stop suddenly
If you suddenly stop using Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental/mood changes). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used dexmethylphenidate for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
- Trouble sleeping
- dry mouth
- stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
If any of these Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Dexmethylphenidate er brand name because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Focalin versus Ritalin do not have serious side effects.
Dexmethylphenidate er brand name may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including
- signs of blood flow problems in the fingers or toes
- unusual wounds on the fingers or toes
- fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat
- mental/mood/behavior changes
- uncontrolled muscle movements
- sudden outbursts of words/sounds that are hard to control
- vision changes
Some rare and serious side effects
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including fainting, seizure, symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating), symptoms of a stroke (such as weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes, confusion).
Rarely, males (including young boys and teens) may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours while using this medication. Caregivers/parents should also be watchful for this serious side effect in boys. If a painful or prolonged erection occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
A very serious allergic reaction to Focalin versus Ritalin is rare. However, get medical help right away.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before taking Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before using Dexmethylphenidate er brand name, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.
If used for a long time, this drug may affect a child’s growth rate, weight, and final adult height. To reduce the risk, the doctor may recommend briefly stopping the medication from time to time. Check the child’s weight and height regularly, and consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially trouble sleeping, weight loss, or chest pain.
During pregnancy, Focalin versus Ritalin should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Dexmethylphenidate er brand name passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
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