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Brand Names: Daytrana

Generic Name: methylphenidate (transdermal) (Pronunciation: meth il FEN ih date)

What is methylphenidate transdermal (Daytrana)?

Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant. In affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Methylphenidate is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Methylphenidate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of methylphenidate transdermal (Daytrana)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using methylphenidate and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats, feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure);
  • redness, swelling, itching, or blistering where the skin patch was worn (may also spread to other areas);
  • headache with fever, weakness, joint pain, diarrhea, and/or vomiting;
  • aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches); or
  • confusion, crying, feeling irritable.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • vision problems;
  • mild skin redness, bumps, or itching;
  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • stuffy nose, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about methylphenidate transdermal (Daytrana)?

Do not use methylphenidate if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to methylphenidate or if you have glaucoma, tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome, or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation (methylphenidate can make these symptoms worse).

Methylphenidate is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming. Keep track of how many patches have been used from each new package you receive. You should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.

Keep track of the amount of patches used from each new package. Methylphenidate is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.

Children using this medication should be warned never to remove the skin patch and place it onto another person. Serious side effects may result.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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