Finding the best Focalin dosage in based upon various factors such as age, physical condition, existing medical conditions, and whether one has previously taken ADHD medication.
What Is Focalin?
Focalin is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD.
Focalin is made from amphetamine salts. As a stimulant medication, it is similar to other ADHD medications such as Ritalin.
It works on the neurochemicals in the brain that contribute to ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.
For first time Focalin users, a typical starting dose is 2.5 mg twice daily. The idea is to begin with a low dose, allow the body to adjust, then assess effectiveness.
For those who have taken Methylphenidate before it is usually half the amount of Methylphendiate they were taking before Focalin. This is because Focalin is a bit more potent than Methylphenidate.
If necessary, your doctor may work with you in order to increase your dosage on a weekly interval. The max dose is usually no more than 20 mg total daily.
Focalin Side Effects
Common Focalin side effects may include headaches, loss of appetite, dry mouth, anxiety, and nausea. More serious side effects can include blurred vision, dangerously high blood pressure, fast heart rate, confusion, and tics. However, these symptoms only occur in a small number of people who take Focalin.
As a stimulant, this medication is legally considered a controlled substance which means it can only be prescribed by a doctor and taken under a doctor's supervision.
Due to potential for Focalin abuse, the medication should be swallowed whole, and never crushed or snorted. Crushing and snorting results in the whole dose being released at once.
It is important to inform your doctor of any other medications you may be taking. Only take this medication as prescribed and relay any questions or concerns to your medical professional or healthcare provider.
If you experience any serious or unusual side effects while taking this medication, seek medical assistance. Never share or sell your prescription medications.
Similarly, stopping this medication suddenly could lead to potentially harmful Focalin withdrawal which can include extreme fatigue, depression, and erratic behavior.
As a result, it is important to work with your prescribing doctor to gradually reduce the amount of the medication in your system. Do not quit cold turkey, work with your prescribing doctor to develop a discontinuation plan.