We've been using Focalin XR for about a year with great success. If this is your first medication, it may, or may not be your last. We have tried everything..Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Adderall XR, Ritalin SR...all with terrible side effects. All of these medications can have different side effects for every person. We've experience, insomnia, weight loss, depression, face tics, and anxiety with all of these. Focalin has worked extremely well. My son still has a personality but it gives him just the right amount to help him stay on task. It wears off about an hour after he gets home from school, so he gets his homework done, has a good appetite for dinner and is able to sleep well. Try not to ever let him miss a dose. Their bodies do become addicted to it and this causes terrible headaches and withdrawal symptoms, if they miss a day. I HATE that my son has to take medication, period.
at 3:26 PM on Mar. 26, 2010