Average Rating: 2.9 (33 Ratings)

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 3  Adhd F 65 2 months
10 mg 3X D
 2  Adhd Periods of Priapism.. recent beach on 85°day, he was cold, shivering ,teeth chattering, skin color grey, no appetite...lasted 20-30 min. His appetite is much decreased, eats in evening after effects wear off. Sometimes zombie like., an hour or less after taking. I am the grandmother, and opposed him taking meds. The Dr.prescibed after ONE appt with him. The psych dr that prescribed does not monitor him afraid his blood pressure or heart rate is being affected..or perhaps his thyroid output..hence temperature regulation is affected?? My daughter doesnt think its an issue.. but not sure how I can address it since I only have visits or overnights about 1-2 times per week...HELP? ADVICE? M 6 90 days
10mg 1X D
 4  ADD I experienced intense muscle pain the first couple of weeks, but that eventually went away. I also had nausea (especially in the morning) and just recently began experiencing swelling in my feet at night. F 38 4 months
10 MG 2X D
 1  ADHD The medicine worked to keep my son calm and he did focus better and finished schoolwork. However, he started recently about a week ago to have abnormal side effects. First, he had trouble sleeping. Then, he became deathly afraid of his grandmas kitten, would scream about how scared he was and needed to lock self in closet/another room. Then he became deathly afraid again later this week and had like a panic attack/paranoia about a fly that was in our kitchen. Never was afraid of flies in the past but now he couldn't handle it all of a sudden. Needed to take him outside for a walk and to calm down. Saw a neighbors dog and wanted to pet it and he did a good job. So not sure why he could pet dog and be friendly with that vs panic attacks about fly We are going to stop medication immediately and try another medication. He seems like himself so far after one day of not taking it M 8 1 months
15mg XR 1X D
 3  Adult ADHD Constant ringing in my ears & blurred vision. I was on Focalin xr prior to being on the immediate release that I'm on now. The xr worked better for me, but it barely lasted a few hours. So my doctor switched me to the immediate version hoping this one would work better. Maybe I just have severe ADHD because I still have a really bad memory & still can't concentrate on things. I'm starting a new job soon & am very concerned about being able to focus, concentrate & remember things! I was on Vyvanse before this which worked VERY well for me, but my insurance now refuses to cover it even after my doctor going through months of prior authorizations with them :( F 42 14 days
10 MG 2X
 5  Severe adhd A little less hungry This drug has seriously saved my sons life. He is very impulsive and was failing school. He has a high iq and just couldn’t get through the day. This has helped his learning, friendships and he is overall much happier. He is able to go to school and activities full day when he could not before. We are blessed to have found focalin. M 7 6 months
 1  Adhd I gave my son this medication on Saturday for the first time ever. After an hour of taking it, he began to become very hyper and then start screaming of a headache. After about 10 minutes of that my son became unresponsive. I took him to the ER and he was still unresponsive and began having seizures. I will NEVER give this to him again. M 7 1 days
 4  Adult ADD Most annoying side effects: stomach discomfort and upset at times, burred vision, fast heart beat, excessive talking, euphoria that compromises good judgement (I'll commit to doing something that I don't want to follow thru on when drug wears off), effectiveness of name brand wears off after a few years. I went to generic, then took a break from drug. Effectiveness came back even on generic after a month break. Insomnia if I took too late in day. It works just fine, and I can think clearly, stay on task for hours. F 54 10 years
10 2X D
 3  ADD headaches, migranes, anxiety, pounding heart, decreased appetite, weight loss, no libido This medication helped me somewhat but by the time I stopped taking it I had become very anxious and was getting extremely severe headaches. M 15 7 years
10 MG 1X D
 3  Adhd It worked very well throughout the day but once I got home I experienced a headache felt like I was having a panic attack wouldn't recommend to anybody. M 16 1 days
 1  ADD Very, very anxious! Jittery, short of breath, very rapid heartbeat, fatigued when wears off and headache/stiff neck. Bad idea! F 35 1 months
 5  ADD Without Focalin, I probably wouldn't be passing any of my classes. I'be been taking the medication for about 6 years now. I've tested days without it and it absolutely screws up my day. I don't do any work in school and then come home and have issues focusing on homework. My doctor has prescribed me many different medications between Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Focal in was the only thing that worked. M 15 6 years
 3  ADD Very effective as far as attentivness and alertness and lasts pretty much the whole day. It has also helped with my memory and processing information more in depth with less impulsive decision making on tests homework etc. Side effects- makes me shaky and weak. Doesn't really address restlessness in class but it is still manageable most of the time. A noticeable increase in anxiety and elevated heart rate especially with small amounts of activity even just walking to class. Still have issues putting thoughts into words. Loss of appetite but not particularly concerning having started the medication so recently. I also feel much more social and engaged in conversation. I haven't experienced any mood swings and actually keeps me pretty positive/motivated. Being the first medication I've tried it is definitely an improvement apposed to nothing but it comes with the trade offs. My doctor is concerned about the anxiety and increased heart rate so i am going to explore some other options within the coming weeks. M 19 7 days
 1  ADHD First headaches, tic (humming non stop), he is an emotional roller coaster ride and is exhibiting bipolar and depression behaviors. The outburst are so intense. Tics, he is humming non stop, I am tapering him off now. He has been on Stratara for well over a year but he still has no motivation nor could he consintrate so we switched it up. Since starting this medication he is not acting like the son I have always known. He will cry for hours, say he is worthless basically and that his life is horrible and no one understands. Many of the concerns before my comment this hit home. WORST Meds EVER! My poor son is being pulled in so many emotional directions I'm so mad that this crud was approved by the FDA. M 8 10 days
 3  ADD/ADHD Finger tingling/numbness (circulation problems) This medication worked well for my ADHD but I was taken off of it within a few days due to the potentially harmful side effects. F 29 3 days
5mg 1X D
 4  Add Sleepy at first then "wake up" and good to go. M 41 3 years
10mg 1x da
 1  ADHD Instability. Unpredictable mood swings and occasionally even panic attacks. Initially, Focalin, broken into 5mg doses worked okay when I couldn't get an Adderall prescription filled, but after about a month- Every time I took it I would get hyperanxiety. Once to the point of auditory hallucinations. I tried one last time earlier today and had a panic attack. Would not recommend this drug to anyone as it has way too unstable a range of effects, both psychologically and physically. I'll be looking into a different medication option, and for reference, I did not experience theses negative effects from adderall. M 24 2 months
10mg 2X D
 2  ADHD Makes my daughter very irritable, crabby and emotional. Mood swings and many meltdowns. It also makes her very anxious. Spitting because she thinks bugs are in her mouth, worried about germs etc. It also killed her appetite and she won't drink much either. It seemed to help the first week or so (minus the spitting) but not longer has much effect. I don't want to increase the dose for rear that it will make her mood and OCD behaviors worse. F 5 3 weeks
5 mg 1X D
 2  adhd Will the tics go aways after a few weeks while still taking med. He wil turn his head side to side and up and down M 5 4 days
 5  ADULT ADD Since I began taking this drug, as an adult , I always noticed some sort of anxiety, which is what I described it as... I have always constantly kept a blank writing pad next ti me, because as the effect of the medication began, my mind would began to think about all these other things (in my 'to do list') that I had forgotten..., so I would start a to do list as I am trying to study. I never thought this was a negative effect until now, where I believe I am becoming dependent on the focalin. I read how children pick their nails... I do that,,, I cant sit still, yet again, I can focus. Its a very scary feeling, and I find myself 'self prescribing' higher and higher doses, solely to be able to focus, yet again, i think I am becoming even more an anxiety driven.... Im not sure what to do at this point. My education (higher education) depends on me being able to concentrate on classes and this is truly becoming a problem.... F 27 18 months
20 3X D

FOCALIN  (DEXMETHYLPHENIDATE HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Dexmethylphenidate belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)