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Hair loss appears to be a complaint in people taking methylphenidate, a medication that is very similar to Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended-release). However, in short-term studies, hair loss was not reported as a common side effect of Focalin XR specifically. Based on this data, it is difficult to say how common it is for people taking Focalin XR to experience hair loss.
If you are taking Focalin XR and hair loss becomes a problem, talk with your healthcare provider. Depending on the severity of the hair loss, there are things that he or she may be able to do. If your symptoms continue to be bothersome or if your healthcare provider believes the medicine is causing your hair loss, he or she may recommend trying another ADHD treatment.