Most children and adolescents who are being treated for ADHD with Daytrana start with a 10 mg patch that is applied once a day. If necessary, the Daytrana dosage can be increased at weekly intervals. Although the skin patch is generally worn for nine hours, a healthcare provider may suggest wearing it for a shorter length of time if the medicine causes insomnia. It can take some time for the Daytrana dosage to take effect, so you should put the patch on about two hours before you need it to start working.
The dose of Daytrana™ (methylphenidate patch) a healthcare provider prescribes may vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The patient's age
- Other ADHD medications that have been tried
- Other medical conditions the patient has
- Other medications the patient may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust the Daytrana dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting dose for Daytrana in children and adolescents with ADHD is a 10 mg patch applied once every morning. Your healthcare provider can increase the dose at weekly intervals if necessary. The patch is usually worn for nine hours, but your healthcare provider may recommend wearing it for a shorter length of time, especially if it is causing insomnia.
Because it takes a while for the patch to start working, it should be applied about two hours before you need it to start working (such as for school). After it is removed, it slowly stops working, and the effects usually last for about three hours after removal.
There are some times when removing the patch before nine hours is a good idea. If the patch was applied later than usual (for instance, if your child slept in on a weekend), it is probably a good idea to remove the patch at the usual time (even though this will be less than nine hours) so that your child will not have trouble sleeping at night.