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Daytrana is a transdermal ADHD patch that transfers stimulant medication through clean, dry skin. Generic Name: methylphenidate

20 Comments & Reviews: Daytrana

  1. My 11 yr old daughter started on 15 mg patch as she has difficulty taking oral meds. We tried other adhd meds but they did not help her anxiety and gave her a flat personality . The teacher has found her to be distracted but more talkative. She’s only been on it for 2 weeks now and slowly we are noticing she is more confident. We are wondering if we need to put it on earlier as it’s only on for an hour before school. Will try this next week.

  2. I am a 59 year-old ADDer who was “diagnosed” with just about every condition and treated with a laundry list of medications until age 35, when someone finally put 2+2 together and said “Geez, this guy’s a classic ADDer!”, and began addressing my challenges as such. (If you can imagine felling like a failure at almost everything you’ve ever done for every day of your life, and being routinely scolded, humiliated and even physically beaten as such by teachers, parents, grandparents, peers and employers, day in and day out for 35 years…)

    When my ADD was finally diagnosed, in late July of 1996, and I was prescribed Ritalin 10mg on August 1st, my whole world changed! Suddenly, I was able to focus on my work, often with laser-like intensity until tasks were completed, I was able to juggle multiple tasks at a time and, for the very first time in my life, I was able to reliably get places on time!!! It was AMAZING… until August 21st, when an old stomach ulcer reopened and in an instant, my 3 week Shangri La of a successful life evaporated! (To put things in perspective, I was in sales back then, and earned a grand total of $28,000 that year, but fully $16,000 of it was earned during the first three weeks of August. Everything before and after that was a struggle.)

    A few years later, Daytrana hit the scene, and it at least offered me a limited kind of access to my glory days of 08/95, but with some major changes. First of all, when I’d taken Ritalin, the effects were almost immediate: within 30 minutes, I was boogieing at full tilt, raring and ready to go tackle the world, but 3-4 hours later, I’d slow down to a crawl and get muddled again, so would need to take my next dose and wait the half hour to be fully functional again. With Daytrana, although I could sense some of the medication to take effect within a few minutes, it often wouldn’t reach full effect for 3-4 hours, and while I was good to go once it did, getting to sleep at night became nearly impossible, because I’d still have methylphenidate coursing through my brain at 2 or 3am! On the one hand, I’m also a performing musician, so taking it on “gig” days guaranteed that I could remain fully alert for the long drives home from a show, but on the negative side, my late night insomnia and wee hours tossing and turning wreaked havoc on my (now “ex) wife, an elementary school teacher. It is also damned near impossible to find the stuff when I’d run out, as better than 90% of the time, neither CVS nor Walgreen’s, nor the former Rite Aid pharmacy chains were able to procure it from any of their suppliers, and Daytrana’s manufacturer doesn’t seem either interested in or capable of doing whatever is necessary to keep its customers appropriately supplied with their daily maintenance medication. (In fact, it’s so bad that the supplier maintains a “Daytrana Finder” hotline that you can call, in hopes of finding your medication SOMEWHERE, but it’s staffed with folks who’ll ask you “How far are you willing to drive to purchase your medication? 25 miles? 50 miles? 100 Miles? 200 miles or more?” It’s as completely and utterly ludicrous as that EpiPen manufacturer jacking up their prices from $50 to 600 in two years! Whoever heard of such a thing?)

    Anyhow, the long and the short of it is that I’m a 59 year-old male ADDer who’s found a medication that partially addresses my system’s needs, as long as I can come to terms with the fact that it’s considered an addictive drug that many pharmacies refuse to stock (or have admitted that they’re afraid to let you know that they’re stocking, for fear of being robbed), that it’ll take forever to take full effect, will keep me beloved and I up all night and be unable to be found by not only my local pharmacist but also, frequently enough, by the company that manufactures it, each time my prescription runs out, so I end up having to ration it out to myself, whenever it is that I’m able to locate a refill, saving it only for those days when I have a heavy appointment load or have to stay up late for a show. It’s far from an ideal scenario but, given my gastric woes, it’s all that’s available to me. Ironically enough, Daytrana makes me think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon about having seen the promised land, but not necessarily ever being able to make it there: 25 years ago, for 21 days, I got to see the promised land, and it was more glorious than I could have ever imagined! If only I had a sure-fire way to get back there, how marvelous life could be…

  3. I forgot to mention above:

    As Original stated, the only side affect is lack of appetite. But I as well feel great driving and doing daily activities on the 30mgs. I guess I should say it full kicks in after a hour and a half. But I too would recommend this for your child if it doesn’t cause any allergic reaction. I’m a female too! 🙂

  4. I’m 25 years old and I have ADD I took Concerta 80mg from 2nd grade to 7th grade. Then my doctor suggested using Daytrana. I have been using Daytrana since 2007 when I was in 7th grade. I went from 60mg patch, to 50mg to 40mg to 30mg. 30mg is the winner. It takes about 2 hours to take full effect, it’s been this way since I started using. Daytrana for me is an every day medication. The very few times I wasn’t able to take it (ran out of patches, it was a weekend and I thought I could manage without it) for a few days (2-4 days) It does take a day or half a day to get back to how I was feeling when I was taking it everyday. During college there were a few times Daytrana was back ordered and I had to go back to Concerta. Those few times were not fun, let’s just say I was elated when Daytrana came back. It’s not addicting, I just prefer to be more productive and have more control over your emotions and actions.

  5. I’m also an adult who has used Daytrana. It worked really well for me. Unfortunately, I had trouble finding a pharmacy that had it in stock or could get it ordered. Was this ever an issue for you? For some reason, the majority of pharmacies near me had constant problems receiving it.

  6. I forget to mention above:
    I take the 30mg patch. I’ve experienced no problems with driving or any activities besides eating. Also personally the patch takes about an hour to fully kick in for me. Lastly I am an adult. I know the page says that it is used for adolescents mainly but as an adult, I will say that this is highly effective. I’m also a female if that helps! 🙂

  7. I have been taking the Daytrana patch since it came out. I’m now a freshman in college. I took ritalin and concerta for most of my life (since Kindergarten when I was diagnosed). The Daytrana patch has made a significant improvement in my concentration. It is way more stable and I get more done. My sister also started taking it however she got an allergic reaction on her hip where she would place the patch. If it works and doesn’t cause that for you or your child, I highly recommend it. My only problem is that I still have trouble with my appetite but I’ve always had that problem with ADD medications.

  8. The positives – my son was able to focus better and was more subdued. Because it is a patch, he can remove it after lunch and still have an appetite later in the day. We also don’t use it on weekend or in summer – so it’s flexible.
    The negatives – sometimes my son seems totally zoned out on it. The patch irritates his skin. It does affect his appetite but only while he is wearing it. We don’t know the long term effects. It’s really expensive – without meeting my deductible, it’s $300/mo.

  9. Our son is 5 years old and recently started using Daytrana 20mg. We are having a very difficult time getting the medicine to “work” properly. I started placing the patch on him 2 hours before school. It is taking 6 hours for the patch to actually work.

  10. We had to stop using Daytrana because our son was allergic to the adhesive in the patch and broke out in hives.

  11. My 14 years old son has been on Daytrana for 4 months. My son had about 1 month of adjustment with some headaches and upset stomach. He was prescribed 20mg. We found that when applying the patch it adhered better if you applied pressure with the palm of your hand for a few seconds, seemed like the body heat melted the adhesive better.

  12. We use the Daytrana, 15 mg patch, for my 9 year old son. He has had no problems with it. The one thing that has been noted is his teacher thinks he is anxious since we increased him to 15 mg from 10 mg.

  13. After we had tried every medication for ADHD, I encouraged my son to try the patch. As for symptom treatment, it was by far the best medication for him. However, it took FOUR HOURS to take effect every day. We did try Daytrana for a couple months and at a couple different dosages. I had problems with peeling the back and getting it to stick and such, but got the hang of it over time.

  14. I have been using the Daytrana patch for about 6 years now. It works really well for me, although I have had some problems. The control is great, because it lets me decide when I want my meds and when I don’t. The main problem I have experienced is skin irritation; my skin can get really irritated, particularly if it gets hot or the area with the patch gets rubbed.

  15. My son has been on Daytrana for 3 years. He switched from Focalin XR 30 mg, and the doctor initially started him on 15 mg of Daytrana – he was worse at this dose than being unmedicated. He now uses one 30mg patch per day. I love it because we have much more control over the time that he is medicated. I will say that it takes a while for it to get into my son’s system (3-4 hours), so I put it on him while he is asleep when I get up at 5:15am so it is in his system by the time school starts at 8am. He does get some redness and occasional irritation from the patch, but not enough to switch back to a pill stimulant at this time. My son also takes 2mg Intuniv at night. Right now the combo is working great.

  16. We just switched my 6 year old son from Focalin XR 10 mg to Daytrana 10 mg. He was having terrible side effects from the Focalin. The only problem is, the Focalin seemed to work really well, and his teachers are now sending emails several times a week saying that he can’t focus, is being disruptive, etc. In other words, the current dose of Daytrana is not working well.

  17. Just started my 14 year old daughter on this for about a month now, and saw an increase in her chattiness.

  18. My 8 year old son has been on the Daytrana patch for a few months now. I like the idea that we can control it. He also does not like to take pills.

  19. My son’s doctor just switched my son to Daytrana from Concerta. After a few days on the Daytrana patch, my son threw up and complained of an upset stomach.

  20. We started my 10 year old son on Ritalin LA. He took about 4 doses but the stomachaches were so bad he was in tears.

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