A Daytrana dosage is often determined based on upon a variety of factors.
These typically include one's age, sex, medical history, mental health history, other medical conditions one may have, other medications one may be taking, whether one has previously taken ADHD medications before, and other factors.
What Is Daytrana?
Otherwise known as Transdermal Methylphenidate, this medication is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise referred to as ADHD.
It comes in the form of a skin patch that is placed on the hip which slowly releases the medication over time. It contains the same active stimulant ingredient, methylphenidate, as other ADHD medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, and others.
It is available in 4 different patch sizes: 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg. Due to the gradual release, it may take up to 2 hours to release the full effect of the medication.
The patch is typically left on for no more than 9 hours then removed and placed in disposal.
The patch should be applied to clean, dry skin that is not damaged or irritated. Rather than applying it to the same hip each day, placement is alternated by switching hips every day. Also, the patch is heat sensitive so it should be kept away from heat sources such as heating pads, electric blankets, and similar items.
One distinct advantage of Daytrana is that it does not have to be taken with food, and can be a viable alternative for children who have difficulty swallowing pills.
Methylphenidate is the active ingredient in other ADHD medications such as Ritalin. As a stimulant, it is considered a controlled substance because it has potential for abuse (See this warning about Daytrana abuse.)
Daytrana side effects may include insomnia and nausea, which are common with any stimulant-based drug.
Cutting the Daytrana patch is dangerous because it releases the full dose at once, which can be dangerous.
It is important to always take this medication exactly as prescribed under the direct supervision of your doctor or other medical professional. Do not adjust or alter your Daytrana dose without first consulting your healthcare provider.
Do not stop taking this medication without first discussing it with your doctor. Your doctor may wish to gradually reduce your dose slowly over time, in order to avoid potential complications, adverse reactions, or withdrawal.
If you experience any negative side effects, or have any concerns or questions always consult with your medical professional. If you experience any severe or unusual reactions while taking this medication, contact your doctor right away.