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Brand Name: Focalin and Focalin XR Generic Name: dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride Usage Focalin is a short acting stimulant medication and is available in the following strengths; 2.5 mg 5 mg 10 mg Because this medication is short acting, one dose is normally given first thing in the morning. Additional doses can be given four to six hours after the first dose. Focalin XR is an extended release medication and is available in the following strengths: 5 mg 10 mg 15 mg Since Focalin XR is an extended release medication, it is taken only once per day, generally first thing in the morning. Overview Focalin and Focalin XR are central nervous system stimulant medications approved for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity (ADHD) for adults and children over the age of 6. The effects of these medications have not been studied for children under the age of six and should not be given to young children. Be...
Brand Name: Daytrana Generic Name: methylphenidate Usage The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved Daytrana for the treatment of symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Daytrana is a patch applied directly to the skin and worn on the hips. The Daytrana patch should be worn for 9 hours. For example, if you apply the patch at 7:00 AM, it should be removed at 4:00 PM. A new patch should be applied each day and the hip the patch is placed on should be rotated on a daily basis. For example, if the right hip is used on Monday, the left hip should be used on Tuesday and this should continue to alternate. Before applying the patch, make sure the hip area is freshly washed, is dry, does not have any powder, oil or lotion on it and there is no skin irritations, such as cuts, rashes, redness or inflammation. Each patch is enclosed in a protective pouch. The pouch should carefully be opened with scissors, taking car...
Most people are familiar with some of the common side-effects of Adderall : loss of appetite, headache, stomach upset, weight loss and difficulty sleeping. But one of the lesser known side-effects, skin problems can be devastating. An investigation on the adverse effects of Adderall XR in 2006 by the FDA indicated three areas of adverse events: cardiovascular , psychiatric and dematological. A report issued indicated, "The final area of concern that was found in this review, serious adverse skin reactions with Adderall XR, is not currently being addressed." 
According to the medication guide for Adderall XR, adverse reactions can include, "Urticaria, rash, hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema and anaphylaxis. Serious skin rashes, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported." 
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a serious skin disease, usually resulting from an allergic reaction from a medication. Symptoms include
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