What is Dexmethylphenidate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Focalin XR Focalin

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Dexmethylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant. It is used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 25 13
Problems concentrating 14 6
Fatigue 7 1
Attention deficit disorder 2 0
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 2 1
Depressed mood 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dexmethylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 2
Loss of appetite 2
Decreased appetite 1
Feeling out of it 1
Irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 1
Irritability 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dexmethylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 3
40 mg daily 2
30 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Dexmethylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Doctor's advice 7
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 4
Other 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Dexmethylphenidate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Dexmethylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 4
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dexmethylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 3
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 1

Patients stopped taking Dexmethylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 2
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Guanfacine (Tenex) 1
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Dexmethylphenidate

Jul 29, 2011 (Started Jul 22, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If taking the medicine as a stimulant, do NOT take this after about 2:00pm or you'll be up all night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 20, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been taking this med since the beginning of October 2010 and I love this med. I was previously on Strattera which for me just caused major mood swings. This med evens my moods and makes me focus all day so that work around the house can be done in a timely manner. I have learned though that it does not work at all if I "allow" myself to be distracted, TV, not concentrating on the task at hand, or focusing to hard on one little part that then will get me distracted. I have taught myself to look at the whole job and then look at it in pieces. Even with meds it does take practice to overcome aduld ADD and a bit of regimented discipline. At times it helps to have a friend come over to supervise and keep you on task as well as allow for a break from time to time so you do not get too overwhelmed. ADD in an adult is difficult at best to manage but if friends and family make an effort to understand it makes life much easier to conquer the problem and become successful at self management...Learn to reward yourself.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 11, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med gave me much, much more ability to focus than I ever dreamed a medication could ever do! This med is a controlled substance that is difficult to handle with the pharmacies. I have to get and take to the pharmacy a new prescription each time because of the number of people that will try to abuse this drug. It is shameful that those who can really benefit from a drug are the ones punished for the fault of those who do not need the drug but who abuse it!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 26, 2009 (Started Apr 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This didn't work out too well for me, and the doc decided to change meds on me again.

May 26, 2009 (Started Apr 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Started on 15 mg and still have thought processes that go into strange and wild tangents. Can focus a few minutes at a time, but still daydream often.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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