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You can now buy three strengths of Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) in generic form. These versions are made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals and other manufacturers. It is unclear when the other strengths of Focalin XR will be available in generic form.

Generic Focalin XR: An Overview

Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While Focalin XR is a stimulant, it has effects that are the opposite of what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants like caffeine can cause hyperactivity, Focalin XR has a calming effect.
Brand-name Focalin XR is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Some strengths of this medication are available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Focalin XR

Generic Focalin XR is available in the following strengths:
  • Dexmethylphenidate 15 mg extended-release capsules
  • Dexmethylphenidate 30 mg extended-release capsules
  • Dexmethylphenidate 40 mg extended-release capsules.
It is made by manufacturers such as:
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
It's not clear when exactly you can expect the other strengths of Focalin XR to "go generic." There have already been several lawsuits between drug manufacturers concerning patent expirations.

Is Generic Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release as Good as Focalin XR?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Focalin XR currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Focalin XR.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities. 
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