How does Focalin XR treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
Diana K. Blythe, MD
Focalin XR is a type of stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Stimulants are considered the "gold standard" in ADHD therapy and help by enhancing concentration and attention. As effective as they are, stimulants are not magic. By trying behavior therapy when starting the medication, you will enhance the effect of the medications. 

Focalin XR, the brand name of the medicine dexmethylphenidate, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It treats the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by helping you focus and maintain attention. It also decreases restlessness and excessive distraction in children over the age of 6 and adults with ADHD. Focalin XR is intended to work throughout the day, which is why most people take it in the morning around breakfast time.