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Also known as: Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate CD, Metadate ER, Methylin, Methylin ER, Quillivant XR, Ritalin, Ritalin LA, Ritalin-SR

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Review by northpole:

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10

Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD: This is my Wonder medicine for my 11 yr old Son. He hates taking the Pill's and they were making him sick so we went to Dr in Aug 2014 & I asked him if we could try the patches he said sure and I Love this Patch. Thank's for making this. And I did not know about putting the patches in the fridge because I do have a hard time peeling them so I'm going to give that a try.

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November 11, 2014 11:53 PM

Review by Sberi (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My son has been on this patch for a year. We started at 10mg, and are moving to 15 mg now. It has (by far) been the best ADHD medicine we've tried. We have had pretty minimal skin irritation issues overall. Sometimes the backing of the patch is hard to peel, but 15 seconds in the freezer solves that problem. By far our favorite ADHD medicine.

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November 11, 2014 11:13 PM

Review by Weebillfromthehill (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: Only side effect is can't sleep and lost 4kg in 1 week

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October 31, 2014 10:52 PM

Review by CaraCat (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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2.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: I was out on a couple of different types of medications for my ADD. When I came across Concerta, it is close to perfect to me. I don't get that feeling like I'm spaced out like Adderral.

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October 26, 2014 11:41 PM

Review by AdamC (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

Ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD: I have been using Ritalin 10mg for the past 3 weeks now. I am 28 years old and i suspected for a long time now that I have ADHD. Not being able to concentrate or focus, prioritise tasks and having depression (i am not taking medication for this) caused a lot of anxiety for me over the past 4-5 years. Ritalin has helped alot with my studies and kind of calms me. I am pretty quiet when i take it also. Its great for if you need to use it for work or study , but for everyday use I wouldn't like it. - In the first 45mins it gives me a slight euphoric feeling. - Makes me want to do productive activities. - Causes slight headaches if i don't drink plenty of water. I would recommend it. (I have tried adderall in the USA and that was even better)

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October 12, 2014 7:03 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Metadate CD (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My 9yr old son has been on it Metadate 20mg for over a year now. Only side effect is lost of appetite so I make him eat a big breakfast. He only takes it on the week days for school it has really helped him to focus. My sons grade improved from 60's to 90's. I like Metadate because by the time he's out from school the medication has warn off and he's back to his normal active self. During the summer I also give him a break from the med and we do not have to tapper off in order for him to stop. We've tried other medications that which had not so good side effects. Metadate so far is the best.

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October 8, 2014 11:12 AM

Review by eeehhhh (taken for 5 to 10 years):

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: Intensified anxiety, and taken with Abilify I did not know if I was hungry for a long time. My weight went up and down, and I stayed on the same dose for 9 years. It made no sense. In hindsight, the Abilify was merely treating symptoms caused by side effects of Concerta. I would encourage everyone who has been ignored when they asked mental health professionals for help, to also encourage careful review and make informed decisions about medications. Educate yourself!

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October 7, 2014 12:45 PM

Review by FET:

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10

For Depression: I have suffered from severe depression most of my life (I am 58) 20 yrs ago I was put on Ritalin. It changed my outlook and life virtually overnight. In these 20 years I also took a variety of antidepressants. None very effective. Psychotherapy and Ritalin were together the cornerstone of my care and made a normal life possible.

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October 4, 2014 10:34 PM

Review by agmag:

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6.0

For Narcolepsy: I am 30. I have narcolepsy, fibromyalgia and severe rheumatoid arthritis that is also in my organs. I take 20mg every 4 hours up to 4 times a day. It takes 30min to kick in, and wears off in 2 hours. Without it, I felt like I had to curl up on ground wherever I was at or I wouldn't "make it." With the medicine, I feel totally exhausted, but it takes the edge off the urgency to lay down. I have been on it for 2 1/2 years. Docs wan't me off it (since it's a stimulant) and wants me on Nuvigil. I took one pill 150mg with Ritalin, seemed to help but it's been one day (tapering off Ritalin). Ued to fall asleep driving every day working full time. Now work part time and take methylphenidate and don't fall asleep driving (that I know of).

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September 18, 2014 3:23 AM

Review by Vin9321:

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8.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: If you have ADHD, pills like Strattera (non-stimulant) do not seem to work. You do need a stimulant. Concerta is amazing medication. I used to be on it from 2nd grade all the way until 9th. Looking back now, at 21 years old, I see that after I stopped it in high school, my grades dropped. Just started taking the average adult dose of 36mgs and it has really helped me in class, although there isn't an insane change. MAKE SURE TO TAKE IT WITH A DECENT MEAL OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER. If you don't, you'll find yourself with an upset stomach for a lot of the day.

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September 17, 2014 5:52 PM

Review by Johnnie2:

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9.0

For Depression: I have been on numerous antidepressants that seem to wear out over time. I last had this experience with paroxetine. My doctor suggested Ritalin as an aid to make the paroxetine work better. What a world of difference! There's not much information out there about this, and I am sure there must be downsides. This works for me like nothing else. I am very careful with it, but I feel there are more upsides than otherwise.

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August 3, 2014 12:19 PM

Review by tachy-heart:

Metadate CD (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My 11 year old took 3 doses. On the 4th day she woke up (10:15am) feeling weak and dizzy. She came to me and told me her heart felt like it was going to jump out of her chest. Her heart rate was 100. It remained elevated for about an hour. The MD could not see her until 2pm. By then her heart rate was 88. She was diagnosed with dehydration.

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July 18, 2014 2:37 AM

Review by sapnacpatel (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD: It helps, but not for very long. But it definitely doesn't make me as irritable as other ADHD medications

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July 9, 2014 5:36 PM

Review by Honeypot500:

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4.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: Took 18mg Concerta for 5 days. On day two, I woke up and cleaned and tidied the whole house, my partner thought something was wrong with me! Then the side effects came... Nausea, depression, anxiety. By the time I was coming down at around 3pm I had to stay at home, I was unable to drive my car or even just go out. My doc wanted to try me on 5mg Ritalin 3x a day quick release but I refused. After reading the reviews on here about dexamphetamine I started them this morning. 5mg 3x a day. Hopefully this will be the one for me.

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July 9, 2014 4:06 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: I've been taking Concerta for the past 14 years since it came out (24 now) and I don't plan on changing unless I'm forced. I've tried other medications and none work as well with as few side effects. Right now I take the 54mg. Sure I experience some side effects, but I've learned to manage them over the years (force myself to eat etc). The treatment of ADD/ADHD is only effective through a multifaceted approach, medication AND counseling/therapy/behavior coaching. Without Concerta I would never have made it through school or had successful relationships. ADD makes life hard, but with the right combination of treatments it is more than manageable.

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July 8, 2014 3:31 PM

Review by Dkitten (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Depression: I am suffering from depression and SAD + ADHD. On Concerta now and it makes an amazing impact on my depression - I had no idea that would happen. I don't know if it's common but I'm very pleased!

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June 25, 2014 10:23 AM

Review by Frederickrrorodkfkfkfk:

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1.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: It makes me sweat a lot and have panic attacks.

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June 25, 2014 10:05 AM

Review by Flosa (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

Ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My son has been taking Ritalin for around 6-8 months and the difference in him is just unbelievable, he's school work has improved, he's spelling and comprehension has gotten a lot better and he has excelled in maths and can actually remembers what he has learnt. He socially gets along better with other children and is less destructive when in a group setting. I was very hesitant to put my son on meds but now realise I made the best choice for him.

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June 17, 2014 12:07 AM

Review by K in Alaska:

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10

For ADHD: About the only form of a stimulant that works without a crash. This medication does help my to start and stay on a task until finished. It also stops the endless chatter in my head, known as ruminating thoughts. This medication also helps me to sleep and at times will put me to sleep

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June 11, 2014 12:33 AM

Review by thebrogo (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: Took it from 7-12 years old. When stopped, grades went down and gained weight. Taking it now again at 21. My gosh. First day back on it and wow.

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June 4, 2014 5:02 PM

Review by csimiami31 (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: It has literally made me who I am. If I didn't take it I wouldn't focus, I wouldn't pass school. It helps a lot.

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June 3, 2014 6:54 PM

Review by Bowzer73:

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10

Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My 7 year old son has been on the 15mg patch going on his 4th month now and it has been a God send. He went from a C and D student at the start of the school year to an almost straight A student at the end. I have found that if I use adhesive remover and out a little lotion on the site after removal it manages the irritation. It definitely affects his appetite but no more so than any of the other medications that he has been on. Night and Day difference for us.

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June 3, 2014 1:49 PM

Review by ajj123 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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5.0

Concerta (methylphenidate) for ADHD: I started Concerta when I was in 7th grade. I am now 14 and I started off with 36mg now I am 54mg at first I had a big boost in my grades! I started getting A's! This year I have been noticing in school that I have been more anxious, depressed, not hungry during the day, and a little bit socially awkward. I am trying to deal with my side effects. I am going to doctor soon about Concerta. You are not alone

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May 22, 2014 5:19 PM

Review by reg428:

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10

Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD: This Patch is amazing. For those of you having trouble removing the backing, just put patch in fridge for a while, or over night. We just keep the box in the fridge. Peels off nice and easy. And the cold patch helps with the itching.

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May 22, 2014 7:41 AM

Review by Martine81:

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9.0

Daytrana (methylphenidate) for ADHD: My son was diagnosed with ADHD at 5. My friends, society along with my own guilt made me feel like a horrible mom for considering meds. Kind of was horrible for my son he hated school and cried to not go. 1st was a constant struggle and when we started trying different medicines. They all turned him in the "zombie" you hear about. I stopped trying medicines and thought we would just have to deal with 3-4 hours of homework a night. In 2nd grade we heard about Daytrana. My son made a huge improvement in school. His teacher (who is wonderful) was amazed by his focus in class. My son went from being an intelligent child who could not focus to an exceptional student. The red marks caused by the patch are hard to see as a parent, but my sons self worth out ways them.

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May 16, 2014 10:53 AM

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