Generic Name: Methylphenidate Transdermal System (METH il FEN i date)
Brand Name: Daytrana
Medically reviewed on April 4, 2018.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. Use Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) as you were told by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Misuse of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) may cause it to not work as well. Mood or behavior changes may also happen.
- Do not stop taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of mood changes like very low mood (depression). If you need to stop Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system), you may need to slowly stop it as told by your doctor.
Uses of Daytrana:
- It is used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Daytrana?
- If you have an allergy to methylphenidate or any other part of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you or a family member have any of these health problems: Blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems or other heart problems, or Tourette's syndrome or tics.
- If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma; nervous, anxious, or tense state; or overactive thyroid.
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Drug abuse or stroke.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Daytrana?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) affects you.
- Heart attacks, strokes, and sudden deaths have happened in adults taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). Sudden deaths have also happened in children with very bad heart problems or heart defects. Call your doctor right away if you have a change in strength on 1 side that is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on 1 side of the face, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or very bad dizziness or passing out.
- You may have some heart tests before starting Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). Talk with your doctor.
- If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system).
- Avoid use of heat sources (such as sunlamps, tanning beds, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds). Avoid long, hot baths or sunbathing. Your temperature may rise and cause too much drug to pass into your body.
- This medicine may lead to loss of skin color at or around where the patch is put on. Sometimes, this has happened at other areas. This may last even after Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) is stopped. The chance may be higher if you or someone in your family has ever had a skin problem called vitiligo. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm if chewed or swallowed. If Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) has been put in the mouth, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen if you take Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
- Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Daytrana) best taken?
Use Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Do not use patches that are cut or do not look right.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the hip. Do not put the patch on the waistline.
- Do not put on cuts, scrapes, eczema, or damaged skin.
- Put patch on in the morning and take off 9 hours later or as you have been told by the doctor.
- Put the patch in a new area each time you change the patch.
- Water from bathing, swimming, or showering can make the patch not stick well or fall off. If the patch falls off, do not touch the sticky side with your fingers.
- If the patch falls off, put on a new one on some other part of the same hip. Take the new patch off at the normal time.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- If you have been taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) stops working well. Do not take more than ordered.
- Do not switch between different forms of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) without first talking with the doctor.
- Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
- If you are taking Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- You may apply the patch later in the day. Then take off the patch at your normal time of day.
- Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Joint pain.
- Purple patches on the skin or mouth.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very bad headache.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Fever or chills.
- Sore throat.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Sweating a lot.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Change in color of hands or feet from pale to blue or red.
- Numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet.
- Any sores or wounds on the fingers or toes.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Muscle pain or weakness.
- Change in skin color.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Call your doctor right away if you have a painful erection (hard penis) or an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours. This may happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it may lead to lasting sex problems and you may not be able to have sex.
- New or worse behavior and mood changes like change in thinking, anger, and hallucinations have happened with Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). Tell your doctor if you or a family member have any mental or mood problems like low mood (depression) or bipolar illness, or if a family member has killed themselves. Call your doctor right away if you have hallucinations; change in the way you act; or signs of mood changes like low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
What are some other side effects of Daytrana?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Dry mouth.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Weight loss.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Not hungry.
- Not able to sleep.
- Belly pain.
- Skin irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Daytrana?
- Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
- Keep patches in the pouch. Use within 2 months of opening tray.
- After you take off a skin patch, be sure to fold the sticky sides of the patch to each other.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system) is refilled. If you have any questions about Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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