GENERIC NAME: methylphenidate patch
BRAND NAME: Daytrana
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Methylphenidate is a medication used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) in a manner that is similar to amphetamines; however, its actions are milder than amphetamines. Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the level of neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain (neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by nerves that are released and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves). The exact mechanism of action of the drug in people with ADHD is unknown. Methylphenidate is the active ingredient in methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), and also is available as pills and liquids. The FDA approved Methylphenidate patches in April 2006.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Patch: 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg strengths, delivering doses over 9 hours.
STORAGE: Store Methylphenidate patches between temperatures of 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F). Do not store patches unpouched (outside of their container). Do not store patches in refrigerators or freezers. Once the sealed tray or outer pouch is opened, use contents within 2 months.
DOSING: The recommended dose for methylphenidate patches is to apply one 10 mg patch once daily for 9 hours for week 1, then increase to 15 mg patch for week 2, then increase to 20 mg patch for week 3, then increase to 30 mg patch for week 4 depending on response. The patch is applied to the hip area 2 hours before the effect is needed, and removed 9 hours after application. The dosing is for children aged 6 to 17.
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