The ADHD Patch

Dr. Kensington Reviews The ADHD Patch

The ADHD patch, known as Daytrana (transdermal Methylphenidate) is a stimulant that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADD or ADHD.

This medication is delivered via a skin patch, as opposed to taking pills.

It interacts with chemicals in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity. Like Ritalin, it is methylphenidate, but differs in that it is delivered transdermally.

The effects of the drug begin within 2 hours after applying. The ADHD patch is to be removed 9 hours after it was applied. Wear time should be no more than 9 hours per day.

After use, the patch is typically folded in half and flushed down the toilet or disposed of in the trash. A handy chart is included in order to keep track of when the patches are applied and removed.

Daytrana Side Effects

All medications have side effects. Side effects can be positive or negative, but side effects of stimulants often include decreased appetite, irritability, and insomnia. In fact, these side effects will be familiar to anyone who has ever consumed too much caffeine.

Decreased Appetite

This is a common side effect of all stimulants. If it continues to be problematic, dosages and medication times can be adjusted. Often a large breakfast, small lunch and large supper can do the trick. Or a late evening snack can also help.


Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for an hour as the drug wears off. One can avoid rebound by spacing the doses closer together, giving a smaller dose after the final larger dose, or by switching to a longer acting stimulant.

Recently several new long-acting stimulant preparations have been released. Although the long-acting compounds often have less rebound, it may still occur in susceptible individuals.

The Shakes

Like all stimulants, the skin patch for ADHD can sometimes produce the jitters and the shakes. To avoid this try eliminating all caffeine and other stimulants. A small dose of a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure medication) can block tremors, shakes and jitters. Be sure to eat regular meals and ingest some food.

Stomach Upset: Nausea

Nausea is another common side effect of any stimulant. Take the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Sleep Disturbances

Sometimes sleep disturbances such as insomnia or sleeplessness are due to ADHD, not the medication. Therefore, it is a good idea to take a sleep history before starting taking any stimulants. If sleep disturbances are due to the medication, there are several options such as adjusting dosages and medication times.

Anxiety And Irritability

Irritability may be due to ADHD but if it is due to the medication the dosage may be altered or another ADHD medication could be substituted.

For more information about Daytrana side effects visit: Daytrana Side Effects.

Warnings About The ADHD Patch

Do not use Daytrana if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you use Ritalin before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

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Also, do not use if you are allergic to methylphenidate or if you have glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe high blood pressure, tics or Tourette's syndrome, angina, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, recent heart attack, a hereditary condition such as fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or sucrase-isomaltase deficiency, or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation.

Any stimulant may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. No medications should ever be shared with another, especially someone with a history of substance use. Be sure to read about the dangers of Daytrana abuse. As always, keep all medication stored in a secure place.

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