1 What is Daytrana?

Brand: Daytrana

Generic: Methylphenidate

Daytrana is an extended-release patch attached to the intact skin. It is a central nervous system stimulant used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This medicine increases attention span, decreases restlessness in overactive children and adults. 

Methylphenidate transdermal is marketed as Daytrana and is part of a program that encompasses educational, social, and psychological treatment. Methylphenidate transdermal is only available with a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Daytrana, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. You and your doctor need to discuss the associated risks and benefits of using methylphenidate transdermal before starting treatment.

Several factors need to be considered to make sure that this medicine is right for you. Methylphenidate transdermal should not be given to patients who have had hypersensitivity reactions in the past. 

You should also tell your doctor if you have allergies to dyes, food, preservatives, animals, or other medications. Methylphenidate transdermal is safe and effective when used on pediatrics patients older than 6 years.

However, its effects on the geriatric population have not been studied. Methylphenidate transdermal has a pregnancy category of C, which means that there has been inadequate research regarding its effects on the fetus. 

Its effects on breastfeeding infants have not been studied well either. With that said, if you are pregnant or lactating, you must carefully consider the pros and cons of using methylphenidate transdermal. Give your physician a complete list of your medications. 

Using the following medications simultaneously with methylphenidate transdermal is not recommended: 

  • brofaromine
  • clorgyline
  • furazolidone
  • linezolid
  • iproniazid
  • isocarboxazid
  • nialamide
  • lazabemide
  • moclobemide
  • procarbazine
  • toloxatone
  • tranylcypromine

Concomitant use of bupropion and donepezil is usually not advised but can be necessary for certain situations. Using carbamazepine together with methylphenidate transdermal can cause unwanted side effects. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while you’re using methylphenidate transdermal patches. 

Inform your physician if you have the following conditions: history of alcohol or drug abuse, bipolar disorder, blood vessel problems, hypertension, priapism, psychosis, history of seizures, raynaud phenomenon, tachycardia, coronary artery disease, depression, history of stroke, vitiligo, heart attack/heart disease/failure or heart rhythm problems.

3 Proper Usage

To use Daytrana properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. You can also ask your nurse to demonstrate how to put on the patch. The steps involved in putting on the patch are as follows. Wash your hands before and after placing the patch. 

Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Remove the patch from its pouch but don’t cut it into pieces. You should avoid touching the sticky surface as well. Apply the patch to your hip that has intact skin. Don’t put it on your waistline because it could be rubbed off by your clothes. 

Press the patch firmly to your skin for about 30 seconds so there is good contact between the skin and the patch. Remove the patch as directed by your doctor or within 9 hours and not any longer. The next day, apply the patch to a different area of your hip. 

For the dosage, adults usually have to wear one patch to the hip. The effects could take up to 2 hours to manifest, so apply it accordingly. If you miss a patch, put one on as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time to put on a new one, just skip it and resume normal timing. 

Do not expose your medicine to heat, moisture or direct sunlight, and keep it away from children’s reach. When you throw them away, fold them with the sticky surface together.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Daytrana, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Go to your checkup appointments religiously so your doctor can monitor your progress and order necessary lab exams.

You also have to take several precautions to avoid adverse reactions. You need to monitor your blood pressure and check with your doctor right away if you notice radical changes. 

Do not use MAO inhibitors while using methylphenidate transdermal patches. If you have chest pain, fainting, or trouble breathing, get medical help immediately. You also need to watch out for behavioral changes like increased aggression, agitation, hostility, irritability, suicidal thinking, or hallucinations. Get medical attention right away. 

Consult your doctor immediately if you notice signs of the Raynaud phenomenon like a cold feeling in the fingertips and toes, pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold, or a skin color change of your fingers. 

Don’t engage in activities that need concentration like driving or operating machinery while using patching because it can cause dizziness, vision changes, and drowsiness. Don’t take supplements or over-the-counter medicines without consulting your doctor first.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Daytrana to avoid unwanted potential side effects. Daytrana can have several side effects but you may only experience a few of them.

The most common side effects that may need medical treatment include: 

  • aggressive and violent behavior
  • black/tarry stools
  • skin changes (blistering, peeling, and loosening)
  • blood in the urine
  • arm/back/jaw pain
  • bloody nose
  • chills
  • cold
  • chest pain/tightness
  • confusion
  • cracks in the skin
  • depersonalization
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • loss of heat from the body
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rapidly changing moods
  • scaly skin
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sudden slurring of speech
  • sweating
  • unusual bleeding/bruising or unusual tiredness

See your doctor right away if your condition worsens or does not improve.

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