What is Daytrana®?

Long-acting Daytrana is the only ADHD patch. It helps provide the lasting symptom relief your child needs, with the flexibility they need, too.

What is Daytrana®? ADHD patch and treatment options.

Whether your child is at school or at an after-school activity, doing their homework or spending time with family, the Daytrana patch is a long-acting medication proven to control symptoms of ADHD throughout the day, for up to 10 hours. Clinical studies showed significant improvement in symptoms, such as inattention and hyperactive or impulsive behavior.

Because Daytrana is removable, you and your doctor can create a treatment plan that fits your child's unique routine. The patch can be applied in the morning for long-lasting symptom control or be removed early to help manage late-day side effects, like loss of appetite or trouble sleeping. Be sure to consult your doctor about whether early removal of the patch is right for your child.

Daytrana® (methylphenidate transdermal system) provides long-lasting symptom control for up to 10 hours when worn for 9 hours—the recommended maximum wear-time. When applied, Daytrana takes effect after 2 hours. Effects will last for up to 3 hours after being removed. Consult your doctor about early removal of the patch.

With the full 9-hour wear-time, 26% of children and adolescents experienced some loss of appetite and 13% of children and 6% of adolescents experienced some trouble sleeping.

There are several key differences between the Daytrana patch and oral ADHD treatment options.

The Daytrana® patch versus oral ADHD medications The Daytrana® patch versus oral ADHD medications

With Daytrana, the level of medication smoothly rises when the patch is applied and gradually descends when it's removed.§

In some cases, oral medications are taken more than once a day, which can result in multiple changes in blood levels that may be noticeable to your child.

The patch delivers medicine directly through the skin and into your child's bloodstream, and because it is not processed in the stomach, the food your child has eaten will not affect the medicine's absorption.

With pills, medication absorption may be affected by the presence of food in the stomach. Some ADHD pills may require dosing before eating or the avoidance of high-fat meals.

Because Daytrana is a patch, you can apply and remove it daily to fit your child's changing routine. Removing the patch early may also help manage potential late-day side effects.

ADHD pills don't offer the same flexibility as the patch. Once a pill is taken, the duration of medicine effect is set.

The Daytrana patch is applied to your child's skin, which can help avoid pill-swallowing issues, though skin irritation and redness at the application site is common.

Pill-swallowing issues can be challenging, especially for younger children.

§Efficacy continues for up to 3 hours after removal when worn for the recommended 9 hours.
With the full 9-hour wear-time, 26% of children and adolescents experienced some loss of appetite and 13% of children and 6% of adolescents experienced some trouble sleeping.

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Talking to your doctor about Daytrana

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When to apply and remove Daytrana

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Use of the DAYTRANA® (methylphenidate transdermal system) Patch

The Daytrana patch contains a prescription central nervous system (brain) stimulant medicine used to treat ADHD in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. Use of the Daytrana patch may help increase attention and decrease impulsive and hyperactive behavior. The Daytrana patch should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Important Safety Information

Daytrana is a controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Daytrana in a safe place to protect it from theft. Selling or giving away Daytrana may harm others and is against the law. Tell the prescribing doctor if your child has ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

The Daytrana patch should not be used if your child has been diagnosed as very anxious, tense, or agitated; has an eye problem called glaucoma; has tics (repeated movements or sounds that cannot be controlled); has a diagnosis or family history of Tourette's syndrome; is taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medicine or has discontinued an MAOI medicine in the last 2 weeks; or is allergic to methylphenidate, acrylic adhesive, or silicone adhesive.

Serious heart problems have been reported with the Daytrana patch or other stimulant medicines including:

Tell the doctor if your child or a family member has any heart problems, heart defects, or increased blood pressure and heart rate. Remove the Daytrana patch and call the doctor right away if your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while using Daytrana. Before you start using Daytrana, tell your doctor if you have circulation problems in fingers or toes. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change, or sensitivity to temperature in your fingers or toes. Call your doctor right away if you have or your child has any signs of unexplained wounds appearing on fingers or toes while using Daytrana.

Serious mental (psychiatric) problems have been reported with the Daytrana patch or other stimulant medicines including:

Tell the doctor about any mental problems your child or family members have experienced including suicide or depression, bipolar illness, mania, or psychosis. Call the doctor right away if your child has any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while using the Daytrana patch. Tell your doctor if you, your child, or a family member has a history of vitiligo.

Be sure to tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or breast feeding.

Serious side effects such as seizures (this usually happens in children with a history of seizures), painful and prolonged erections (priapism), slowing of growth (weight and height), persistent loss of skin color (chemical leukoderma) and eyesight changes or blurred vision have been reported with the Daytrana patch. Because of the potential for lasting damage, seek medical help immediately if you or your child develops priapism. Your child should have their height, weight, and blood work checked while using the Daytrana patch and the doctor may stop treatment if a problem is found during these check-ups. Allergic skin rash may occur. Stop using the Daytrana patch and see the doctor right away if swelling, bumps, or blisters happen at or around the site where the patch is applied. If the patch is worn longer than 9 hours in a day, or if more than 1 patch is worn at a time, too much medicine has been applied. Avoid exposing the Daytrana patch to direct external heat sources such as hair dryers, heating pads, electric blankets, heated water beds, or other heat sources while wearing the patch. Heating the patch could cause too much medicine to pass into your child's body and cause serious side effects.

The most common side effects seen while using the Daytrana patch include skin problems (redness, small bumps, itching) where the patch is applied, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weight loss, tics, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and dizziness.

Please read Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information including the Boxed Warning regarding abuse and dependence.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.