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Is Ritalin a good substitute of Focalin?

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Posted on Thu, 13 Mar 2014
Question: I am prescribed Focalin, Doctor, and in my area, no pharmacy has it in stock...they are ALL on back order...so my doctor substituted Adderall, with which I have a paradoxical reaction. Do you know how I can get Focalin and/or do you think Ritalin would be a better solution?Since Adderall is clearly not an option and focalin XR is not covered, how do you feel about methylphenidate hydrochloride suspension or Nuvigil?
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Answered by Dr. Raju A.T (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Ritalin would be a better option Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. Only with slight difference in the efficacy both Focalin and Ritalin are almost same in every other aspect. I would consider it a better option to go for Methylphenidat (Ritalin) rather than amphetamine (Adderall). The effects on taking Ritalin would be much similar compared to Focalin. Wish you good health. regards,
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Brief Answer: Ritalin would be a better option Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. Only with slight difference in the efficacy both Focalin and Ritalin are almost same in every other aspect. I would consider it a better option to go for Methylphenidat (Ritalin) rather than amphetamine (Adderall). The effects on taking Ritalin would be much similar compared to Focalin. Wish you good health. regards,