Focalin side effects are like that of any other stimulant such as caffeine. Focalin is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD.
It interacts with chemicals in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.
All medications have side effects, both positive and negative, and this one is no different. Common side effects of Focalin include decreased appetite, irritability, and insomnia.
Loss of appetite is a common side effect of Focalin and all stimulants, and can range from mild to severe. If it continues to be problematic, dosages and medication times can be adjusted. Often a large breakfast, small lunch and large supper can do the trick. Or a late evening snack can also help.
Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for an hour as stimulant-based ADHD medications wear off. One can avoid rebound by spacing the doses closer together, giving a smaller dose after the final larger dose, or by switching to a longer acting stimulant.
Recently several new long-acting stimulant preparations have been released. Although the long-acting compounds often have less rebound, it may still occur in susceptible individuals.
Ever consumed too much caffeine? Like all stimulants, Focalin produces the jitters and the shakes. To avoid this try eliminating all caffeine and other stimulants. A small dose of a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure medication) can block tremors, shakes and jitters. Be sure to eat regular meals and ingest some food.
This is another common side effect of Focalin or any stimulant. Take the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals. If you experience a lack of interest in food due to lack of appetite or experience dramatic weight loss, inform your doctor right away.
Since sleep disturbances can be due to ADHD, not ADHD medications, it is usually a good idea to take a sleep history before starting taking any ADHD meds. If sleep disturbances are due to the medication, there are several options such as adjusting dosages and medication times. If you experience insomnia or sleep problems, notify your doctor.
Irritability may be due to ADHD but if it is due to the medication the dosage may be altered or another ADHD medication could be substituted.