Daytrana

(methylphenidate)

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Helps you focus and stay alert.

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Daytrana (methylphenidate) provides convenient, extended control of symptoms related to ADHD, but the patch needs to be removed after 9 hours and reapplied the next morning.

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Quick facts about Daytrana
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Patch allows for convenient once daily dosing.
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Downsides

  • Adhesive from the patch can irritate the skin.
  • Not safe for children age 6 or younger.
  • Only available in a brand, so may be expensive.
  • Not a good option if you have glaucoma since it can increase blood pressure.
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How it works

Daytrana (methylphenidate) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by regulating area of your brain, which controls attention and behavior.

Quick facts about Daytrana
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Patch
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What to expect when you take Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD

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  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
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Side effect rates for Daytrana (methylphenidate)

From 217 clinical trials of Daytrana when taken for adhd
  • Decreased appetite
    26%26%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    12%12%
    13%13%
  • Irritability
    11%11%
    7%7%
  • Nausea
    10%10%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    6%6%
    1%1%
  • Insomnia
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%5%
  • Weight loss
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Anorexia
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Daytrana.

Daytrana (methylphenidate)
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People taking Daytrana felt side effect more

People taking Daytrana felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Daytrana (methylphenidate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems

    People taking Daytrana (methylphenidate) have had heart attacks, strokes, and sudden deaths. Anyone with a history of heart problems should not use this. You should be checked for heart problems before starting this medicine. Watch out for unexplained fainting or chest pain that comes on with physical activity.

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