FOCALIN- dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride tablet
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
|This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.||Revised: November 2019|
|What is the most important information I should know about FOCALIN?
FOCALIN is a federal controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep FOCALIN in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away FOCALIN may harm others, and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child have abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
The following have been reported with use of methylphenidate hydrochloride and other stimulant medicines:
1. Heart-related problems:
• sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
• stroke and heart attack in adults
• increased blood pressure and heart rate
Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems.
Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting FOCALIN.
Your doctor should check you or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with FOCALIN.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking FOCALIN.
2. Mental (psychiatric) problems:
• new or worse behavior and thought problems
• new or worse bipolar illness
• new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility
• new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms
Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking FOCALIN, especially seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are suspicious.
|What is FOCALIN?
|Who should not take FOCALIN:
FOCALIN should not be taken if you or your child:
|FOCALIN may not be right for you or your child. Before starting FOCALIN, tell your or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of), including:
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. FOCALIN and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking FOCALIN.
Your doctor will decide whether FOCALIN can be taken with other medicines.
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:
Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.
Do not start any new medicine while taking FOCALIN without talking to your doctor first.
|How should FOCALIN be taken?
|What are the possible side effects of FOCALIN?
FOCALIN may cause serious side effects, including:
• see “What is the most important information I should know about FOCALIN?” for information on reported heart and mental problems.
• painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develops priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.
• circulation problems in fingers and toes (peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud’s phenomenon):
◦ fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful
◦ fingers or toes may change color from pale, to blue, to red
Tell your doctor if you or your child have, numbness, pain, skin color change, or sensitivity to temperature in the fingers or toes.
• Call your doctor right away if you have or your child has any signs of unexplained wounds appearing on fingers or toes while taking FOCALIN.
• Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
Common side effects include:
|• abdominal pain||• fever||• anorexia||• nausea|
|Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.|
|How should I store FOCALIN?
|General information about the safe and effective use of FOCALIN.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about FOCALIN that is written for healthcare professionals. Do not use FOCALIN for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give FOCALIN to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them and it is against the law.
|What are the ingredients in FOCALIN?
Active ingredient: dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride
Inactive ingredients: pregelatinized starch, lactose monohydrate, sodium starch glycolate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, and FD&C Blue No.1 #5516 aluminum lake (2.5 mg tablets), D&C Yellow Lake #10 (5 mg tablets); the 10 mg tablet contains no dye.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936
For more information, call 1-888-669-6682.