Daytrana
Alternatives

(Methylphenidate)

Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

Prescription only

Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

Prescription only
1 of 7 alternatives
Helps you stay awake and focus.

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

Helps you focus and stay alert.

Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD and you only have to take it once a day. However, it's only available as brand name drug, so it can be expensive.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Usually dosed once a day, so parents don't need to send the medication with their children to school.
  • The capsule can be taken whole, or opened into a glass of water or orange juice, or swallowed in a spoonful of yogurt.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Has to be taken in the morning, otherwise it can cause insomnia later that night.
  • Not available as a generic medication, so it can be expensive.
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
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Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Pill
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think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
17%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Decreased appetite
    26%
  • Headache
    15%
  • Insomnia
    13%
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Irritability
    11%
  • Vomiting
    10%
  • Weight decreased
    9%
  • Abdominal pain
    7%
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10possible side effects
  • Decreased Appetite
    27%
  • Insomnia
    27%
  • Dry Mouth
    26%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Any side effect
    6%
  • Anxiety
    6%
  • Anorexia
    5%
  • Feeling Jittery
    4%
  • Agitation
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events

    History of heart problems

  • Abuse and dependence

    History of drug abuse

  • Aggressive behavior and psychiatric symptoms

    History of psychotic episodes

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Long-term growth suppression

    Children

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Drug interactions

    Use of MAO inhibitors

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  • High blood pressure

    Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting

  • Abuse and dependence

    History of drug abuse

  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events

    History of heart problems

  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis

    History of psychotic episodes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Long-term growth suppression

    Children ages 6 to 12

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