Is Focalin a Narcotic?

By Rita Radostitz

Focalin is a medication that is a mild stimulant and is often prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit disorders. The drug is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Identification

The generic name for Focalin is dexmethylphenidate. It is a mild stimulant, similar to Ritalin.

Function

Focalin is often prescribed for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Type

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.

Definition

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.

Effects

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.

About the Author

Rita Radostitz lives in Eugene, Oregon. She has written about human rights, health & fitness and interesting people for years. Her articles have appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Oregon Quarterly and on various websites. Radostitz holds a Masters of Science in journalism with distinction from the University of Oregon and a law degree cum laude from Villanova University.

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