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Focalin Xr vs Adderall Xr 20, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 34

This is personalized comparison of Focalin Xr vs Adderall Xr 20 for a female aged 34. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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On Apr, 17, 2014: 2,760 female patients aged 30 who take the drugs are studied in Focalin Xr vs Adderall Xr 20

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Focalin Xr dexmethylphenidate hydrochlorideNovartis
Adderall Xr 20 amphetamine aspartate; amphetamine sulfate; dextroamphetamine saccharate; dextroamphetamine sulfateShire

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 30 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Focalin Xr (Novartis)Adderall Xr 20 (Shire)

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Focalin Xr (Novartis)Adderall Xr 20 (Shire)
Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)Headache (pain in head)
Diabetic Neuropathy (neuropathic disorders that are associated with diabetes mellitus)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Diabetic Retinopathy (damage to the retina caused by complications of diabetes)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Proteinuria (presence of protein in the urine)Depression
Weight IncreasedDizziness
Blood Glucose IncreasedAnxiety
Drug Exposure During PregnancyFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)Drug Ineffective
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Weight Increased
Schizophrenia (a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes)Mood Altered (changes in mood)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Focalin Xr (Novartis)Adderall Xr 20 (Shire)
Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)Depression
Cholecystitis Chronic (long lasting infection of gallbladder)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Back PainMood Altered (changes in mood)
ConstipationWeight Increased
Flank Pain (a distressing sensation experienced around the lower back and the upper abdomen)Infertility
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Urinary Tract Infection
Flatulence (flatus expelled through the anus)Sleep-related Eating Disorder (abnormal eating patterns during the night)
Abdominal PainEndometrial Cancer
Abdominal DistensionAggression
Neck TightnessAnxiety Disorder (excessive, uncontrollable, unexplained and often irrational worry)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Focalin Xr4.17%25.00%41.67%16.67%12.50%
Adderall Xr 201.32%10.92%29.86%43.51%14.39%

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On eHealthMe, Focalin Xr (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall Xr 20 (amphetamine aspartate; amphetamine sulfate; dextroamphetamine saccharate; dextroamphetamine sulfate) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

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