Daytrana Side Effects

Are They Potentially Harmful? 

Common Daytrana side effects can include decreased appetite, irritability, insomnia, and other physical and emotional symptoms.

Daytrana is a stimulant medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also referred to as ADD or ADHD.

It works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity, which are the more challenging symptoms of the condition.

Daytrana differs from other ADHD medications in that it is delivered via a skin patch, not tablets or pills. It is a newer medication compared to the older stalwarts such as Ritalin.

Changes In Appetite: Loss Of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a common side effect of all stimulant-based ADHD medications. 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 Effects

Rebound is the mood-change phenomenon where some Daytrana users 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.


Ever consumed too much caffeine? Like all stimulants, Daytrana produces 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.

Nausea And Upset Stomach

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Another common side effect of any stimulant. Taking the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals can help to reduce nausea.

Sleep Disturbances Or Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to fall and stay asleep. Sometimes sleep disturbances 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.

Mood Changes Such As Irritability

Can be related to rebound. 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.

Bottom Line About Daytrana Side Effects

It is important to remember that all medications have side effects, both positive and negative, and this one is no different. If you experience any serious adverse side effects from Daytrana, seek medical attention and report the symptoms to your prescribing doctor immediately.

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