Compare Focalin vs. Desoxyn

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Focalin
(Dexmethylphenidate)

Desoxyn
(Methamphetamine)

Helps you focus and stay alert. Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.
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Reviews for Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)
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of people say Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is worth it
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say it works well
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Side effects
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How it works
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Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.
Type of medication
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StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of heart problems
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Ages 7 to 10
  • History of seizures
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        • History of heart problems
        • History of drug abuse
        • History of psychotic episodes
        • History of Bipolar Disorder
        • Children
        • History of seizures
        • Women of childbearing age
        • Breast-feeding
        • Taking MAO inhibitors, insulin and other high blood pressure medicine
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        Pregnancy category
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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
        No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • There have been reports of men having an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate). This has been rare. If not treated in time, this can cause permanent damage to your penis, including impotence. Talk to your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if this happens.
        No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.
        • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
        Weight
        • Appetite suppression may occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication between ages 7 and 10. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
        • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
        Upsides and benefits
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        • Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
        • Available as a generic medication.
        • Available in both an immediate-release form, which is given twice a day, and an extended-release form, which is given once a day.
        • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
        • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
        • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
        Downsides and risks
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        • Needs to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, or else it can cause insomnia later that night.
        • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
        • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
        • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
        • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
        • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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        • Store Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
        • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
        • It can cause changes in your mood and vision.
        • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
        • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
        • The extended-release capsules can be opened and sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce.
        • Common side effects include a decreased appetite, nausea, and insomnia.
        • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
        • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
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