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Condition: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
8/19/2015 7:02:16 AM

Reviewer: Laptraffik, 13-18 Male on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 2

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 3

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
First off, i have some serious adhd as in 45mg of this is requred to even have a minor effect. The medicine itself works great for attention, but oh god the side effects. These are the side effects that i have, and i have been taking it for 8 years and it has caused many of these to be longlasting but overall i have mostly stopped due to them. Everything from lack of hunger, Anxiety, and depressi ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
5/19/2015 1:24:11 PM

Reviewer: Lowcountrymom, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2 to less than 5 years (Caregiver)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 3

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 3

Comment:
My son, who is now 16, started taking Focalin when he was 14.He has since stopped taking this medication due to side effects...i.e...depression suicidal thoughts,agitation, etc.....while only taking 5mg a day. No medication is worth the heartache of knowing your loved ones are going through difficult times. Please think twice before using or giving any adhd medication.

Condition: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
4/12/2015 10:53:54 PM

Reviewer: 13-18 Male on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I thought it was just me who was experiencing the depression and anxiety caused by this medication, but after reading multiple reviews about this drug I see it is not just me having these problems. My initial experience with this drug started good but as I continued I noticed to be more withdrawn and depressed on top of some minor anxiety issues. I am defiantly going to try something else.

Condition: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
2/25/2015 2:44:50 PM

Reviewer: FOCALIN_SUCKS, 13-18 Male on Treatment for 6 months to less than 1 year (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 1

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I use this for my adhd. DO NOT GET THIS! i dont care what the oth reviews say!!!! it makes you get anxious and depressed... and it helps you focus.... ON THE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION!!!!

Condition: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
11/4/2014 11:02:07 AM

Reviewer: my2cents, 35-44 Male on Treatment for 2 to less than 5 years (Caregiver)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 1

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 3

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
Realistically, Focalin is counter productive, as many user will agree, one of the most significant side effects of Focalin is the loss of appetite. When you stop taking the OPINION of the prescribing doctor as anything more than an educated guess, you can resort to your own knowledge and experience. Loss of appetite means lack of nutrient intake, which our bodies need in order to function properly ... Show Full Comment

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