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Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride

Popular Brands: : Focalin, Focalin Xr, Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride, Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride Extended-release, Focalinxr
Official FDA Reports4,124
Social Media Events1,104
Total Posts1,052
Avg. Review Score3.69/ 5
Active Ingredients
  • Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp
  • Par Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Usa

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* Extracted from FDA Adverse Event Report


The quarterly trend chart illustrates changing levels of adverse events over time. Results from both the FDA Adverse Event Database (FAERS) and adverse events extracted from social media by Druginformer are plotted side-by-side for easy comparison.

The proportion of people completing user reviews who complained about a side effect.

The proportion of social media adverse event complaints for each adverse event type.

The proportion of FAERS (FDA) adverse event complaints for each adverse event type.

Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride Side Effects

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* DrugInformer calculates alarm using a proprietary algorithm. Alarm should not be taken as an ofiicial signal from the FDA or other regulatory entity.

User Voices

The following are comments from users that experienced side effects while taking Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride


No generic available, May cause sweating, Makes my hands tremble Few side effects, Easy/convenient to use, Works well, Lasts all day pros> Focalin XR works great and has few side e...

Source: Focalin-XR-review-9bb5

View full report on Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride related tremor

Did the author experience tremor while taking focalin xr?

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Weight Decreased

... XR works great and has few side effects. Focalin XR is a newer medication for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. Side effects are minimal and include decreased appetite and/or weight loss (I've lost 30...

Source: Focalin-XR-review-9bb5

View full report on Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride related weight decreased

Did the author experience weight decreased while taking focalin xr?

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No generic available, May cause sweating , Makes my hands tremble Few side effects, Easy/convenient to use, Works well, Lasts all day pros> Focalin XR works great and has few side e...

Source: Focalin-XR-review-9bb5

View full report on Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride related hyperhidrosis

Did the author experience hyperhidrosis while taking focalin xr?

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Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Hunger, Anxiety, Depression

Posted By Laptraffik in fdb.rxlist.com on August 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am

... i have, and i have been taking it for 8 years and it has caused many of these to be longlasting but overall i have mostly stopped due to them. Everything from lack of hunger, Anxiety, and depression h...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Disturbance in attention

Posted By Alight in fdb.rxlist.com on August 1, 2015 @ 12:00 am

... time job 3 small children and still work on my degree plans. I truly felt a difference in my attention to details and productivity rate I recommend this for adult who has true difficulties focusing....

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Agitation, Depression suicidal, Suicidal ideation

Posted By Lowcountrymom in fdb.rxlist.com on May 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am

My son, who is now 16, started taking Focalin when he was 14.He has since stopped taking this medication due to side effects...i.e...depression suicidal thoughts,agitation, etc.....while only taking 5...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Psychomotor hyperactivity, Decreased appetite, Appetite disorder

Posted By anwj1221 in fdb.rxlist.com on May 1, 2015 @ 12:00 am

... most part; however, he has complete lack of appetite for the 7 hours the drug actually works (compensating in the evenings by eating 3 plates at dinner). In addition, his hyperactivity after the drug ...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Anxiety

Posted By Anonymous in fdb.rxlist.com on April 12, 2015 @ 12:00 am

I thought it was just me who was experiencing the depression and anxiety caused by this medication, but after reading multiple reviews about this drug I see it is not just me having these problems. My...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Anxiety, Depression

Posted By FOCALIN_SUCKS in fdb.rxlist.com on February 25, 2015 @ 12:00 am

I use this for my adhd. DO NOT GET THIS! i dont care what the oth reviews say!!!! it makes you get anxious and depressed... and it helps you focus.... ON THE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION!!!!

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Headache, Weight decreased

Posted By sc nana in fdb.rxlist.com on February 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am

Only an occasional headache, weight loss in first few months...but leveled off now

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Mental impairment, Decreased appetite

Posted By my2cents in fdb.rxlist.com on November 4, 2014 @ 12:00 am

... experience. Loss of appetite means lack of nutrient intake, which our bodies need in order to function properly, i.e. our brains, without proper nutrition our brain cannot focus correctly, now for the...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Binge eating

Posted By Anonymous in fdb.rxlist.com on October 16, 2014 @ 12:00 am

... it would wear off and he would lose focus. So his doctor suggested Focalin because it is a time release capsule so far so good. Sleep patterns have not changed, he eats like crazy no negative side eff...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By mc in fdb.rxlist.com on September 12, 2014 @ 12:00 am

Taking Focalin for more than a year, I take it as needed. It helps me focus.

Additional Drug Information

* Warning: The facts and figures contained in these reports are accurate to the best of our capability; however, our metrics are only meant to augment your medical knowledge, and should never be used as the sole basis for selecting a new medication. As with any medical decision, be sure to work with your doctor to ensure the best choices are made for your condition.

* About FAERS: The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) is used by FDA for activities such as looking for new safety concerns that might be related to a marketed product, evaluating a manufacturer's compliance to reporting regulations and responding to outside requests for information. Reporting of adverse events is a voluntary process, and not every report is sent to FDA and entered into FAERS. The FAERS database may contain duplicate reports, the report quality is variable, and many factors may influence reporting (e.g., media attention, length of time a drug is marketed, market share). For these reasons, FAERS case reports cannot be used to calculate incidence or estimates of risk for a particular product or compare risks between products.