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Focalin XR is a Schedule II controlled substance that is very likely to be abused. Because Focalin XR is a controlled substance, there are special rules for how it can be prescribed. For example, a Focalin XR prescription must be written in a hard copy form and you cannot have any refills on the medication. There may be other rules that your healthcare provider must follow for prescribing Focalin XR, depending on the laws of your state.
Focalin XR as a Controlled SubstanceFocalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) is a prescription medication that is classified as a controlled substance. Controlled substances are medications or drugs that are very habit-forming or are very likely to be abused. Certain prescription medications and most illegal street drugs are controlled substances. There are special rules for medications that are controlled substances. Also, there are five different groups (or "schedules") of controlled substances. Each schedule has its own specific rules.
Focalin XR, along with most other stimulants, is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that Focalin XR has a legitimate medical purpose, but is very likely to be abused (see Focalin XR Abuse for more information). Because it is a Schedule II controlled substance, there are special rules for Focalin XR. Prescriptions for Focalin XR must be written in a "hard copy" form (they cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy). Also, Focalin XR prescriptions cannot have any refills (you must get a new prescription each month).
All the special rules and "red tape" surrounding the use of Focalin XR may seem inconvenient, but they were put in place to prevent abuse of medications like Focalin XR. There may be other rules your healthcare providers must follow for Focalin XR, depending on the laws of your particular state.