A skin patch called Daytrana is put to the skin on your hip. The patch includes methylphenidate, a stimulant for the central nervous system (brain). Chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control are affected by methylphenidate.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated with Daytrana patches in children aged 6 to 17. Daytrana may help you pay attention and behave less impulsively and hyperactively. Daytrana is utilized as part of a comprehensive ADHD treatment plan that may also involve counseling and other therapies.
Before you start taking methylphenidate, and every time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. Read and follow all of the instructions in the User's Guide. Learn how to use, store, and discard the patches correctly. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Apply this medication to your skin as directed by your doctor, usually once a day in the morning, 2 hours before you need it. Then, after 9 hours, remove the patch as advised by your doctor. If you take this drug late in the day, you can have difficulties sleeping (insomnia). If you put this patch on early in the morning and still can't sleep, your doctor may tell you to take it off in fewer than 9 hours. Follow your doctor's directions to the letter.
This drug should be applied to the hip in a clean, dry region. Wash, rinse, and dry the application area gently before applying the patch. Do not use on skin that is cut or inflamed. Remove the patch from the pouch and apply it as indicated as soon as possible. The patch should not be cut. To avoid inflammation the next day, put a new patch to an area of skin on the other hip. Applying heat to the patch area, such as a heating pad or other source of heat, may increase the risk of side effects. The patch's ability to stay on the skin may be affected by bathing, swimming, or showering. Replace the patch with a new one at a different location if it does not adhere correctly or falls off. Remove the fresh patch at your regular intervals, usually 9 hours after the first.
Fold the patch in half with the sticky sides together and throw it away as advised after removing it. Do not use your fingers to touch the sticky side. After putting or removing the patch, wash your hands.
To receive the best benefit from this drug, take it on a daily basis. Use it at the same time every day to help you remember.
The dosage is determined by your medical condition and treatment response. Your doctor may advise you to raise or reduce your dose gradually. Also, if you've been taking it for a long time, don't discontinue taking it without first visiting your doctor.
You may experience withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental/mood changes) if you suddenly stop taking this medication. To avoid withdrawal, your doctor may gradually reduce your dose. If you've been on methylphenidate for a long period or in large dosages, you're more likely to have withdrawal symptoms. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.
This medication may not work as well if used over an extended period of time. If this drug isn't functioning as well as it used to, talk to your doctor.
Despite the fact that it benefits a large number of people, this medication has the potential to create addiction. If you have a substance use issue (such as overuse or addiction to drugs/alcohol), your risk may be increased. To reduce the danger of addiction, take this medication exactly as directed. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If your illness does not improve or worsens, contact your doctor.