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While no studies have ever been done on the safety of snorting Focalin XR, it is likely to be more dangerous than taking the medicine by mouth. Snorting or injecting drugs allows for direct entry into the bloodstream, making them more potent and more dangerous. If you need help for Focalin XR abuse or addiction, including snorting Focalin XR, you can start by visiting your healthcare provider. He or she can help you deal with Focalin XR abuse or may suggest other resources for you.

Snorting Focalin XR: An Overview

Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also a medication that is commonly abused. Focalin XR is meant to be taken by mouth, and the safety of snorting Focalin XR has never been studied. Snorting Focalin XR is likely to be more dangerous than taking it by mouth.


Reasons for Snorting Focalin XR

There are many reasons why Focalin XR is snorted. It is a stimulant, or an "upper," that people can easily abuse. Another reason that Focalin XR is snorted is for weight loss. Weight loss can be a side effect of Focalin XR. Because it is a commonly-prescribed medication, it is often easy to find.

Is Snorting Focalin XR Safe?

Many people mistakenly think that snorting (or otherwise abusing) Focalin XR is safe because it is a prescription medication, not a "street drug." Many people who abuse Focalin XR take very high doses, much higher than normally prescribed. Also, people who snort or inject normal doses of Focalin XR are putting themselves at higher risk. Snorting or injecting drugs allows for direct entry into the bloodstream, making them more potent (and more dangerous). Also, Focalin XR is not sterile, and injecting or snorting Focalin XR may lead to infections or other problems.
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