What Is Focalin?
hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD
). Because the drug is a stimulant and is commonly abused, there are special rules for prescribing it (see Focalin: A Controlled Substance)
Who Makes It?
Focalin is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
How Does Focalin Work?
Although Focalin is a stimulant, it has effects that are the opposite of what would be expected of a stimulant. Stimulants like caffeine can cause hyperactivity, but Focalin has a calming effect. The exact way in which the drug produces a calming effect is not known. However, it is known to affect chemicals in the brain.
Focalin contains dexmethylphenidate, which is similar to methylphenidate
(the active component of Concerta®
, and Methylin®
). In fact, methylphenidate is actually a mixture of dexmethylphenidate and levomethylphenidate. Of these two components, dexmethylphenidate is the more active one.