Active Ingredient(s): Dexmethylphenidate
FDA Approved: * November 13, 2001
Pharm Company: * NOVARTIS
Category: ADD / ADHD

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".

Focalin Overview

Dexmethylphenidate, sold under the brand name Focalin among others, is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in those over the age of five years.[3] If no benefit is seen after four weeks it is reasonable to discontinue its use.[3] It is taken by mouth.[3] The immediate release formulation lasts up to five hours while the extended release formulation lasts up to twelve hours.[4] Common side ef...

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liquid form of Focalin?

Is there a liquid form of Focalin, or can the tablet be compounded into a liquid? My son has autism and we cannot get him to take the pills or capsules. He his very orally sensitive and will not eat pudding, applesauce, etc. ## If your doctor orders it for you, a compounding pharmacy should be able to put the active ingredient into a liquid for you, you just need to ask his doctor to order it this way, then take it to your nearest compounding pharmacy. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, headache, insomnia, nervousness, and irritability. Is there anything else I can help with?

Contents of Focalin XR - Inside the capsule

What do the contents of focalin xr look like inside the capsule? I'm asking because I feel my son's medication was tampered with. I think that someone emptied the contents of the capsules because for a couple of weekends that I got my son they were empty and then I mentioned it to his father that they were empty. The next weekend I got him, their capsules came with a baby formula looking substance inside them. ## Hello, Jessica! How are you? Which capsules are you asking about? Without knowing the specifics, such as those dosage and markings on it, I can't research this information for you. Can you please post back and clarify? Thanks! ## Inside the capsule of focalin xr, are a bunch of tiny beads. Myself and my son has been on it for a while now, and at first, his was sprin...

big yellow and white capsule

the yellow side has NVR printed in orange letters. the white side has D30 printed in orange letters ## Sandoz lists this capsule as being a 30mg Focalin XR capsule, which is used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy, and shift work sleep disorder. NDC code: 00781-2687 The FDA warns that it carries the risk of being habit forming and it may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, anorexia, nervousness, and insomnia. Is there anything else I can help with?

My Focalin 5mg capsules were all almost empty when picked up

I picked up a prescription for 5 mg Focalin and the capsules were almost empty they were not even a quarter of the way filled (you could almost count how many little beads were in there and every single one was like that I know that only the bottom half of the capsules are full when you open them usually I'm not talking about both sides being only reason that I open them is because I take them with apple sauce) ) I brought them back to the pharmacist and he wouldn't open one because he said it would be tampering with the medicine all he did is Shake the 1 capsule?? but I said why wouldn't they just use a smaller capsule? I've had all different strengths of Focalin 20,30,40, and I've never had an amount that wasn't full up to the top of the bottom part of capsule ...

Small round, pink pill w/ "18" printed in black on 1 side, blank on other...????

I am trying to figure out what pill this is that my 8 yr old step-daughter takes. I have used tons of pill ID websites, looked at over 400 different pictures of pills and found NO matches. She used to take Focalin, then was switched to Concerta she has this very small, round, dark pink/pink/maybe peach-ish colored, solid tablet, no scores, and blank on one side and "18" printed in black on the other side. This is weirding me out that I cant identify it!! Thank for any info! ## I take the same medication as your stepdaughter. I just picked up a refill bottle today, and it looks just like you described (small, round and pink with a black "18" on one side). I called the pharmacy to double check and it is a generic of Concerta 18mg ## Thank you Jeff, I REALLY appr...

white capsule with d20 nvr

what is suppose to be inside this capsule and should it be full? Are they for children or adults? ## Novartis Pharmaceuticals lists these capsules as being 20mg Focalin XR capsules. The amount in them is not relevant, they are filled by dose, not capacity. They can be prescribed for both children, and adults. They are commonly used to treat ADHD, shift work sleep disorder, and narcolepsy. The FDA warns that this medication carries the risk of being habit forming, and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, insomnia, nervousness, and anorexia. Is there anything else I can help with?

capsule yellow imprint nvr d10

I am trying to identify some medication I found in my home. They are yellow capsules that split in half and have NVR D10 printed in red ## This is a 10mg Focalin XR capsule, which is most commonly used to treat ADHD. Learn more Focalin details here. It may cause side effects, such as nausea, headache, irritability and loss of appetite. Are there any questions or comments? ## I have a yellow NVR d-10 pill is there supposed to be powder in it or beads

small D-shaped yellow pill with 5 on one side and D on the other

Hi. I found 35 little yellow pale colored pills with a 5 on one side and with a D on the other side. The pill itself is like a capital D shape. Can anyone tell me what it is? ## Hi Gisela, A D-shaped yellow pill with 5 on one side and D on the other is reportedly identified as a 5mg Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) tablet, marketed for use in treating ADHD. For verification, the manufacturer/packager is listed as Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the pill itself carries a National Drug Code of 0078-0381-05. I hope this helps!

most powerful drugs

Is it safe to take Focalin xr with Copaiba Essential Oil. My son is almost 13 and has Aspergers and ADHD. He is on Focalin Xr and we are wanting to start trying Essential Oils. One is Copaiba but because of it being a powerful Oil I am trying find out if there is a reaction between the 2. I can't find anything on the net and I have done many searches. Maybe I am putting g in the wrong information to get the correct link.

My Battle with Focalin Addiction, Advice Needed!!!

Mark, I appreciate your comments and am in your boat as well. It has been a difficult situation to discuss with anyone. This has been going on, off and on, with me since I started my undergrad in 2000. I have been able to stop for short periods at times because I force myself to do so. I have stopped taking it a few times for more than a month or so. But it's always been during a break between my education or something. Now I am graduating with my second Post-Grad degree. I know I have to focus on living a more regimented life now and that this behavior is not only unsustainable and costly, it can be deadly. I have gotten to the point at times where I stay up for long periods. This has even led me to desire alcohol and to smoke like a phen when I take it. I don't think other peo...


Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule, Extended Release: 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 25mg, 30mg, 35mg, 40mg, 5mg
  • Tablet: 10mg, 2.5mg, 5mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for Focalin: (12 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 0078-0380 Focalin 2.5 mg Oral Tablet by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0381 Focalin 5 mg Oral Tablet by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0382 Focalin 10 mg Oral Tablet by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0430 Focalin XR 5 mg 24 Hr Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0431 24 Hr Focalin 10 mg Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0432 Focalin XR 20 mg 24 Hr Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0433 Focalin XR 30 mg 24 Hr Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0434 24 Hr Focalin 40 mg Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0493 Focalin XR 15 mg 24 Hr Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0608 24 Hr Focalin 25 mg Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 0078-0609 24 Hr Focalin 35 mg Extended Release Capsule by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • 16590-649 Focalin XR 15 mg 24 Hr Extended Release Capsule by Stat Rx USA LLC

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