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: Strattera Generic Name: atomoxetine hydrochloride Usage: Strattera has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for children six years old to twelve years old. This medication has not been tested in children under the age of six and should not be given to children five and under. Strattera is available in the following strengths: 10 mg 18 mg 25 mg 40 mg 60 mg Physicians will often start patients on lower doses and increase as needed. This helps to find the lowest possible dose to improve symptoms. Strattera is generally taken once per day, in the mornings, but a second dose is sometimes prescribed for late afternoon. It can be taken with or without food. This medication should be swallowed whole. It should not be crushed or broken. Overview: Strattera is the only non-stimulant medication currently approved for the treatment of ADHD.
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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