Indications for FOCALIN XR:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Take in the AM. Swallow whole or sprinkle contents onto applesauce (swallow immediately); do not crush, chew or divide beads. Initially 10mg once daily; may increase by 10mg weekly; max 40mg/day. Switching from racemic methylphenidate: give ½ of total daily racemic methylphenidate dose. Switching from immediate-release dexmethylphenidate: give same total daily dose.
<6yrs: not established. Take in the AM. Swallow whole or sprinkle contents onto applesauce (swallow immediately); do not crush, chew or divide beads. Individualize. ≥6yrs: initially 5mg once daily; may increase by 5mg weekly; max 30mg/day. Switching from racemic methylphenidate: give ½ of total daily racemic methylphenidate dose. Switching from immediate-release dexmethylphenidate: give same total daily dose.
FOCALIN XR Contraindications:
During or within 14 days of MAOIs.
Abuse and dependence.
FOCALIN XR Warnings/Precautions:
High potential for abuse and dependence; monitor. Increased risk of sudden death, stroke, and MI; assess for presence of cardiac disease before initiating. Avoid in known structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and other cardiac problems. Pre-existing psychotic disorder. Bipolar disorder. Screen for risk factors of developing a manic episode prior to initiation. Consider discontinuing if new psychotic/manic symptoms occur. Peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's Phenomenon; monitor for digital changes. Monitor growth (esp. children), BP, HR. Reduce dose or discontinue if paradoxical aggravation of symptoms occur. Reevaluate periodically. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers: monitor infants.
FOCALIN XR Classification:
FOCALIN XR Interactions:
See Contraindications. Hypertensive crisis with MAOIs. Avoid concomitant use with halogenated anesthetics (eg, halothane). May antagonize antihypertensives. Risk of serotonin syndrome with serotonergic drugs.
Dyspepsia, dry mouth, decreased appetite, headache, anxiety, pharyngolaryngeal pain, anorexia, nausea, abdominal pain, fever; weight loss, hypertension, tachycardia, priapism.
Generic Drug Availability:
XR 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg (YES); 25mg, 35mg (NO); tabs (YES)
XR caps, tabs—100