... given Focalin first 2.5 mg twice a day then 5 mg twice a day finally 10 mg twice a day. some of the side affects where making my husband and I nervous so we consulted the doctor. He immediately reacted and pulled my son off the medications. Since coming off the meds (not slowly) he has been having a lot of crying in school and home. Anxious behaviors. We are wondering if this is a side affect from being removed from the med so fast instead of slowly or could this be something else.