The generic name for Focalin is dexmethylphenidate. It is a mild stimulant, similar to Ritalin.
Focalin is often prescribed for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Focalin is not medically considered a narcotic because it is not a derivative of opium. However, it is a controlled substance in the United States and is classified as a Schedule II controlled drug.
The term "narcotic" commonly refers to any drug that is possessed or obtained illegally, so if you possess Focalin without a prescription, you may be in violation of narcotics laws. Because Focalin may be addictive, it is regulated as a controlled substance.
Focalin may have the following side effects: decreased appetite, fever, nausea, increased blood pressure and heart rate, new or worsening behavior and thought problems, and aggressive behavior.