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Old 11-28-18, 01:06 PM
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Focalin XR

Anyone ever taper off Focalin XR? Success or failure? My son is on 20mg a day and want to take him off. Waiting for the Dr to call back but Im wondering how do you taper a capsule that you should not open or is it one of things they will make him take every other day and then taper days down? Just a concerned parent. Thanks in advance for any insight.
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Re: Focalin XR

It's not dangerous to abruptly stop stimulant treatment, but it might be an easier transition if your doctor can prescribe a smaller dose to transition off. It probably wouldn't make sense to take it every other day, since stimulants are out of the system by the next day anyway. The capsules weren't designed to allow for accurate splitting of dosages, but if your doctor thinks it's fine, then go ahead.

Your son might feel a bit more tired and hungry than usual. And if the meds were helping reduce ADHD, then there will be a return of ADHD symptoms.
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