What is Focalin?
Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. This medication is a modified version of Ritalin (a common medication for attention disorders) and contains only the most active component.
Focalin is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of attention deficit disorders include continual problems with moderate to severe distractibility, short attention span, hyperactivity, emotional changeability, and impulsiveness. Focalin should be given as part of a total treatment program that includes psychological, educational, and social measures.
Focalin may also be used for other purposes not listed here.
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This is the medication that our two oldest are on. I wasn’t sure how they would react to being on it or how quickly it would take for their bodies to react to this medication. I saw a difference the same day! At first I wasn’t sure if it was the medicine or just a coincidence or not. As it turns out, it was the medication. Oh boy, am I happy that we choose to give them meds!
Our oldest didn’t have the best reaction the first 2 days. He became very angry & hostile towards pretty much everyone & everything. The dr that owns the practice that their dr is at also goes to our church and we are friends with. We saw him Sunday at church and told him how M was reacting to the meds so far & he told us to go ahead and give him 5mg more. (He was taking the smallest dose to begin with which was 5mg). So the very next day I give 10mg and he is much better. His teacher has even said that she has seen a difference in his behavior! He did get sick at school the other because he didn’t eat breakfast at school because he said he wasn’t hungry. So that tells me that the meds are affecting his appetite, which I was prepared for anyway.
Our second oldest, D, cannot swallow the pills just yet. Thank goodness we can open the pill, sprinkle it on some applesauce, and he can take the meds that way! He is the one that I noticed a difference in right away. He is so much more mellow and calm. You can talk to him when he gets angry without him yelling and screaming. He is also now catching himself when he starts to do something that he shouldn’t. It’s so nice to be able to enjoy him without these unwanted extras.
This past weekend is so quite and mellow in our home. There were moments when I wasn’t sure if I was in the right house or not. When we were at church and talking to people, they weren’t running around…they were actually sitting and being calm. This was not the normal in our home before they started these meds. Again, this is why I say that I am glad we decided to give them to the boys. And, hopefully, as they get older we will be able to teach them ways to cope and deal with some of their issues and maybe be able to not take meds at all. Who knows what the future holds….all I know is I am glad that we found something that can work for them both!