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Is tachycardia normal while on Focalin?

My 12 year old son takes focalin 30mg, and yesterday began experiencing what seems to be taccycardia... When he was not even exerting himself. Lasted for about an hour and again on and off today. We are thinking we should take him in to his pediatrician tomorrow..?
Tue, 17 Jan 2017
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Hi,

I understand your concern and would explain that his symptoms seem to be related to Focalin adverse effects. You should know that this is a stimulant drug of the central nervous system, which causes an increase in the adrenaline and noradrenaline levels, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Anyway, some tests are necessary to exclude other possible causes:

- a resting ECG
- complete blood count for anemia
- thyroid hormone levels for possible dysfunction
- blood electrolytes for possible imbalance. You should discuss with his pediatrician on the above issues.

Hope to have been helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Kind regards,
Dr. Iliri
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Is tachycardia normal while on Focalin?

Hi, I understand your concern and would explain that his symptoms seem to be related to Focalin adverse effects. You should know that this is a stimulant drug of the central nervous system, which causes an increase in the adrenaline and noradrenaline levels, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure. Anyway, some tests are necessary to exclude other possible causes: - a resting ECG - complete blood count for anemia - thyroid hormone levels for possible dysfunction - blood electrolytes for possible imbalance. You should discuss with his pediatrician on the above issues. Hope to have been helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Kind regards, Dr. Iliri