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What could cause Tinnitus for a 31-year old woman who takes Focalin Xr?





Summary: 43 female patients aged 31 (±5) who take the same drug are studied.

This is a personalized study for a 31 year old female patient who has Narcolepsy. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What is the drug

Focalin xr has active ingredients of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Focalin xr 881 users)

What is the condition

Narcolepsy (brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally) can be treated by Provigil, Nuvigil, Xyrem, Modafinil, Ritalin, Dexedrine. (latest reports from Narcolepsy 3,733 patients)

What is the symptom

Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol, stress and anxiety.(view latest reports from 19,391 patients)

On Nov, 23, 2014: 43 females aged 29 (±5) who take Focalin Xr are studied

Focalin Xr outcomes

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 29

Gender: female

Conditions: Narcolepsy

Drugs taking:
- Focalin Xr - 20MG (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride): used for 6 - 12 months

Side effects have: severe tinnitus

Comments from or about the patient: Constant ringing in the ears, 24/7, in addition to high-frequency hearing loss and reduced otoacoustic emissions, confirmed by an audiologist
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eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

Side effectNumber of reports on eHealthMe
Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)1 (2.27% of females aged 29 (±5) who take the drug)

(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Tinnitus in Narcolepsy1 (0.20% of females aged 29 (±5) who have Narcolepsy)

(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Tinnitus in Focalin Xr1 (2.27% of females aged 29 (±5) who take Focalin xr)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Focalin Xr is effective60.00%
(3 of 5 people)
100.00%
(2 of 2 people)
25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
n/a60.00%
(3 of 5 people)
100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
n/an/a

Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Rapid Heart BeatConvulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Alexian/aCholecystitis Chronic (long lasting infection of gallbladder)n/an/aPain
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Anxiety AggravatedTinnitus (a ringing in the ears)Back PainConvulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Hypoglycaemia (deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream)Headache (pain in head)Hyperlipidemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood)Abdominal DistensionDehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Serotonin Syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time)Lump In The Neck (an area of swelling or growth in neck)Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)Viral Infection
FeverConstipationGallbladder Disorder
Numbness And Tingling (unusual prickling sensations)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Somnambulism (sleep walking)
Muscle Spasms (muscle contraction)Flatulence (flatus expelled through the anus)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Flank Pain (a distressing sensation experienced around the lower back and the upper abdomen)Emotional Distress
Abdominal PainAsthenia (weakness)
Alcohol Use (problems with alcohol)Contusion (a type of hematoma of tissue in which capillaries)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • dexmethylphenidate will be wearing-off [after ten hours]. zantac 75mg [~1/2 of 150mg tab] will be just starting. repeat same dosing beginning ~9 hours... if nothing serious [or not very significant] happens. sidebar: have been described as a "fast metabolizing" person but am not sure if that refers to my liver -or- experience with many drugs/chemicals over last 40 years. thank you for your help [which will be seriously considered]. take good care, tom-tom

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • She has recently had sudden bouts of being forgetful.

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