Pronunciation: dex METH il FEN i date
Brand: Focalin, Focalin XR
10 mg, capsule, brown, imprinted with NVR, D10
2.5 mg, round, blue, imprinted with 93, 5275
5 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with 93, 5276
10 mg, round, white, imprinted with 93, 5277
5 mg, capsule, blue, imprinted with TEVA, 5550
10 mg, capsule, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5551
15 mg, capsule, blue, imprinted with TEVA, 5552
20 mg, capsule, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5553
30 mg, capsule, white
40 mg, capsule, blue/white
10 mg, round, white, imprinted with 861, n
2.5 mg, round, blue, imprinted with 862, n
5 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with 860, n
10 mg, capsule, brown, imprinted with MYLAN DE 10
15 mg, capsule, gray, imprinted with MYLAN DE 15
20 mg, capsule, white, imprinted with MYLAN DE 20
5 mg, capsule, blue, imprinted with MYLAN DE 5
40 mg, capsule, gray/white, imprinted with MYLAN DE 40
25 mg, capsule, blue/white, imprinted with NVR, D25
35 mg, capsule, blue/brown, imprinted with NVR, D35
40 mg, capsule, green/white, imprinted with NVR, D40
Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart defect.
Dexmethylphenidate may cause new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior), especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder.
Call your doctor right away if you have: signs of heart problems --chest pain, feeling light-headed or short of breath; or signs of psychosis --paranoia, aggression, new thought or behavior problems, seeing or hearing things that are not real.
Dexmethylphenidate may be habit-forming. Tell your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction. Keep the medication where others cannot get to it.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to dexmethylphenidate or methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta).
Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in certain people. Tell your doctor if you have:
Do not use dexmethylphenidate if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine.
Tell your doctor if you also use opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. An interaction with dexmethylphenidate could cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever had:
Becoming dependent on this medicine during pregnancy can cause premature birth or low birth weight. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of dexmethylphenidate on the baby.
Ask a doctor if it is safe to breastfeed while using this medicine.
Not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Dexmethylphenidate may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep the medication where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Dexmethylphenidate is usually taken twice per day, at least 4 hours apart.
You may take dexmethylphenidate with or without food. Take the regular tablet twice daily, at least 4 hours apart. Take the extended-release capsule once daily in the morning.
Swallow the extended-release capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and mix the medicine with applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing.
Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Your heart and blood pressure may also need to be checked often.
Tell your doctor if you have a planned surgery.
Your treatment may also include counseling or other treatments.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep your medicine in a place where no one can use it improperly.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of dexmethylphenidate could be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, vomiting, agitation, tremor, muscle twitches, confusion, hallucinations, dilated pupils, muscle pain or weakness, fever, sweating, headache, pounding in your neck or ears, fast or pounding heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), or coma.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: fever; hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Dexmethylphenidate can affect growth in children. Your child's height and weight may need to be checked often. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect dexmethylphenidate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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