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Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a gentle stimulant to the CNS. It affects substances in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.
Focalin is used to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may also be used for reasons not listed herein.
Important information on Focalin Craving
Do not use Focalin if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as rasagiline, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine, methylene blue injection, isocarboxazid, or linezolid.
You should not use Focalin if you suffer from glaucoma, severe anxiety, agitation, or tension, or tics or Tourette’s syndrome.
Focalin may be habit-forming and is often abused. Tell your doctor if you have had prior problems with alcohol or drug abuse.
Stimulants such as Focalin are known to cause stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in individuals with high heart disease, blood pressure, or heart defects.
Focalin may lead to new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior), especially if a person has a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or mental illness.
Focalin may lead to blood circulation issues that can cause numbness, pain, or discoloration in your toes or fingers.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- signs of heart problems, which may include, chest pain, feeling light-headed or short of breath
- signs of psychosis, including paranoia, aggression, new behavior problems, seeing or hearing things that are not real
- signs of circulation problems, which manifest in unexplained wounds on your fingers or toes.
Overdose Cases Due To Focalin Dependence
Overdose symptoms may include tremors, rapid breathing, confusion, panic, weakness, restlessness, muscle twitches, muscle pain, hallucinations, and dark-colored urine. These symptoms may be followed by tiredness and depression.
Other overdose symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pains, uneven heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, feeling light-headed, fainting, seizure (convulsions), or coma.
What should I avoid while taking Focalin?
Avoid taking Focalin in the evening because it may cause sleep problems (insomnia). It may cause blurred vision and may impair your judgment or reactions. Be careful if you drive, operate heavy machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert and have a clear vision.
Focalin compulsion side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Focalin: fever; hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Focalin can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a reasonable rate while using this medicine.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- signs of heart problems – chest pain, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out;
- symptoms of psychosis – hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia;
- signs of circulation problems – numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes;
- a seizure (convulsions);
- blurred vision or other visual changes; or
- penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer (rare).
Note: Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Common Focalin side effects may include:
- loss of appetite;
- nausea, stomach pain; or
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