Daytrana® FAQs

Answers to some common questions about Daytrana

What happens if I leave the Daytrana patch on for more than 9 hours?

What does the Daytrana patch look like?

How do I apply the Daytrana patch?

Where do I apply the Daytrana patch?

Why must the Daytrana patch be applied to the hip?

What happens if I accidentally put the Daytrana patch on the same hip two days in a row?

How does Daytrana work?

What are the possible side effects of the Daytrana patch?

What happens if the Daytrana patch gets wet while my child is wearing it?

If I take the Daytrana patch off of my child early one day, can I reuse the same patch another day?

What happens if I accidentally cut the Daytrana patch when removing it from the protective pouch?

Is skin redness common when using Daytrana?

Where can I fill a prescription for Daytrana?

Q.What happens if I leave the Daytrana patch on for more than 9 hours?

A.The Daytrana patch has been approved for a maximum 9-hour wear-time. It's recommended that the patch be applied to the hip area 2 hours before an effect is needed and be worn for 9 hours; its effects continue for several hours more after it's removed. If the child wears it beyond 9 hours, he or she may experience increased side effects such as difficulty sleeping or lack of appetite. If these side effects or others become bothersome, please contact your child's doctor. This has not been adequately tested in clinical studies.

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Q.What does the Daytrana patch look like?

A.The Daytrana patch comes in 4 sizes. Each size delivers a different dosage strength, designed to help manage the symptoms of ADHD in children ages 6-17. The suggested starting dose is 10 mg for both patients new to methylphenidate and for patients switching from another ADHD medication. See patch sizes.

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Q.How do I apply the Daytrana patch?

A.To ensure maximum staying power, follow these 6 easy steps for applying the Daytrana patch. For additional instructions, watch our how-to video demonstration.

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Q.Where do I apply the Daytrana patch?

A.The patch should be applied to the hip area once each day, alternating hip placement. Watch a video demonstration.

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Q.Why must the Daytrana patch be applied to the hip?

A.If applied elsewhere, the medication in the patch may be absorbed differently. This has not been adequately tested in clinical studies.

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Q.What happens if I accidentally put the Daytrana patch on the same hip two days in a row?

A.Placing the Daytrana patch on the same hip for two days in a row may increase the occurrence of skin irritation where the patch was applied. It is recommended that you alternate the hip on which the patch is worn every day to reduce the potential for irritation. Try not to use the same application site on either hip for several days. Read more skin care tips.

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Q: How does Daytrana work?

A: Because Daytrana is a patch, it delivers medicine differently than oral medications. When applied, the medicine is delivered through the skin and into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. Daytrana is not processed through the stomach, which means you can apply the patch when your child's stomach is full or before they have eaten, without affecting the absorption of medicine. For more information, watch our helpful video.

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Q.What are the possible side effects of the Daytrana patch?

A.In clinical studies, the most common side effects seen when using the Daytrana patch include skin problems where you apply Daytrana (redness, small bumps, itching), poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weight loss, tics, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and dizziness. In most cases, irritation disappeared within 24 hours.

Learn more about potential side effects.

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Q.What happens if the Daytrana patch gets wet while my child is wearing it?

A.Exposure to water during bathing, swimming, or showering may affect how well the patch sticks. When properly applied, the Daytrana patch is designed to stay on and keep delivering medicine. If the patch falls off, discard the old patch and apply a new patch to a different area of the same hip. If a new patch is applied, the total wear-time for that day should not exceed 9 hours. Do not use tape, bandages, or other household adhesives to reapply a patch that no longer adheres.

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Q.If I take the Daytrana patch off of my child early one day, can I reuse the same patch another day?

A.No. Once you take the patch off, you should dispose of it properly. See disposal instructions.

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Q.What happens if I accidentally cut the Daytrana patch when removing it from the protective pouch?

A.If you cut or damage the patch when removing it from the protective pouch, do not use it. Throw away the damaged patch and use a new one. See disposal instructions.

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Q.Is skin redness common when using Daytrana?

A.Methylphenidate, the medicine in Daytrana, is a mild irritant that can be expected to cause skin redness where the patch is applied. Because Daytrana sticks directly to the skin, mild redness or itching is common. In most cases, irritation disappears within 24 hours. To help manage potential skin side effects, follow our skin care tips.

If redness is accompanied by a more intense skin reaction that does not significantly improve within 48 hours or spreads beyond the patch site, discontinue use and contact your physician.

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Q.Where can I fill a prescription for Daytrana?

A.Like other stimulant medications, Daytrana is a controlled substance. As a result, some pharmacies may not order Daytrana until they receive a prescription. To ensure that your preferred pharmacy has a supply of Daytrana on hand when you need it, call our Pharmacy Locator service at 1-800-420-2719 and we'll help you and your pharmacy plan ahead.

Learn more about Daytrana Pharmacy Locator.

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Use of the DAYTRANA® 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. Daytrana 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

IMPORTANT:
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 taking 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.

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), slowing of growth (weight and height), and eyesight changes or blurred vision have been reported with the Daytrana patch. 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 Important Safety Information and Full Prescribing Information including Medication Guide and 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.