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Focalin is considered a Schedule II controlled substance because, while it has a legitimate medical purpose, it is very likely to be abused. Because Focalin is a controlled substance, there are special rules for the medication. For example, a Focalin prescription must be written in a hard copy form (as opposed to being phoned or faxed to a pharmacy) and you cannot have any refills on the medication.
An Overview of Focalin as a Controlled SubstanceFocalin® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride) 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, along with most other stimulants, is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that Focalin has a legitimate medical purpose, but is very likely to be abused (see Dexmethylphenidate Abuse for more information). Because it is a Schedule II controlled substance, there are special rules for Focalin. Prescriptions for Focalin must be written in a "hard copy" form (they cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy). Also, Focalin 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 may seem inconvenient, but they were put in place to prevent abuse of medications like Focalin. There may be other rules your healthcare providers must follow for Focalin, depending on the laws of your particular state.