The risk of Daytrana abuse must be taken seriously because Daytrana can
be habit forming when used for long periods of time or at higher than
What is Daytrana?
Daytrana (Transdermal Methylphenidate) is a stimulant that is used to
treat ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.
Methylphenidate is a psychostimulant commonly found in ADHD medications such as Ritalin, etc.
The 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.
Signs of Daytrana intoxication include an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures.
Ingesting high doses of stimulants can lead to hostility or feelings of paranoia and hostility in some individuals. In addition, some adolescents abuse Daytrana for it's contribution toward weight loss.
Addiction is characterized by increasing dosages and frequent episodes of use, followed by an enormous “low” in the form of depression. Addiction is rarely intentional, rather it occurs when an individual begins to depend on the immediate and predictable high Daytrana provides.
Over time, drugs can derail motivation to perform everyday life demands. Activities or relationships that were previously enjoyable go largely ignored in favor of drug use and recovery time.
Daytrana should only be taken to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), not for any other reasons such to get high, lose weight, etc. In addition, Daytrana should not be mixed with other medications without the approval of a doctor, especially antidepressants or over-the-counter cold medicines.
Antidepressants may enhance the effects of Daytrana, and Daytrana in combination with decongestants may cause blood pressure to become dangerously high or lead to irregular heart rhythms.
Make sure Daytrana is only taken as directed. Only take it exactly as prescribed by your treating doctor. Parents and treatment professionals should advise children to never share medications with their friends.
Avoid problems by dispensing all medication to your child yourself in order to make sure it is not abused. Keep all medications out of reach. I
If medication is needed during the school day, it should be administered by the school nurse. Contact your school officials to arrange a dosage schedule.
Report any and all side effects to the treating doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any serious adverse or unusual reactions while taking Daytrana.