Prescription onlyClass: Mental health



Prescription onlyClass: Mental health
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Helps you stay awake and focus.

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

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Best available price for 90 (10mg) tablets of methylphenidate


  • 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.
How it works

Daytrana (Methylphenidate) is a stimulant. It treats narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.

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Side effect rates for Daytrana (methylphenidate)

217 From clinical trials of Daytrana / ADHD
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headache
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Weight decreased
  • Abdominal pain

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

Common concerns from people taking Daytrana (methylphenidate)

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  • Don't use alcohol or drugs while on this.
  • 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.