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Focalin® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride) is a prescription drug used for improving symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is available by prescription only and comes in tablet form.
Oral Focalin tablets are typically taken twice a day, with at least four hours between doses. They are available in three different strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg.
This medication has been shown to significantly improve behavioral problems, but it is not known exactly how it works to produce a calming effect. However, it is known that the drug affects certain chemicals in the brain.
While most people tolerate Focalin well, side effects are possible. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, fever, and decreased appetite.
(Click Focalin to learn more about the effects of Focalin, to find out when and how to take this medicine, and for a more complete list of potential side effects.)
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