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Daytrana

(Methylphenidate)

  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Helps you stay awake and focus.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Daytrana (Methylphenidate) is an effective medication used to treat ADHD and can be used as a patch.

  • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
  • The patch is convenient since it can be put on in the morning and doesn't need to be removed until 9 hours later.
  • Need to change where you place the patch every day, otherwise your skin can become irritated.
  • Need to avoid exposing the patch to heat sources such as heaters and electric blankets since the heat can cause the patch to unsafely release more drug than it was designed for.
  • Can't use this if you have glaucoma.
  • Not safe for children younger than 6 years.
  • The patch is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.

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Side effects for Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

From clinical trials of Daytrana / ADHD ( 183)

  • Decreased appetiteDecreased appetite26% for Methylphenidate vs.5% for placebo
  • Decreased appetiteDecreased appetite26% for Methylphenidate vs.1% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache15% for Methylphenidate vs.12% for placebo
  • Sleep difficultySleep difficulty13% for Methylphenidate vs.5% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea12% for Methylphenidate vs.2% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache12% for Methylphenidate vs.13% for placebo
  • IrritabilityIrritability11% for Methylphenidate vs.7% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting10% for Methylphenidate vs.5% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea10% for Methylphenidate vs.3% for placebo
  • Weight decreasedWeight decreased9% for Methylphenidate vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Affect lability
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle twitch

What to expect when you take Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't take Daytrana (Methylphenidate) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep. If using the patch, put it on early in the morning to prevent insomnia.
  • Don't use alcohol or drugs while on this.
  • Don't expose the patch to heaters or electric blankets since more drug can be unsafely released.
  • Take the patch off after 9 hours and make sure you change the location of the patch every day.
  • Keep it out of reach of children and store the medication in a safe place.

Risks and Warnings for Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems

    Daytrana (Methylphenidate) has been associated with heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. Anyone with a history of heart problems shouldn't take it, and people should be screened for heart problems before starting it. Watch out for unexplained fainting or chest pain that comes on with physical activity.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't use alcohol or drugs while on this.
Sleep
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't take Daytrana (Methylphenidate) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep. If using the patch, put it on early in the morning to prevent insomnia.
Weight gain or loss
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Daytrana (Methylphenidate) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.