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Daytrana, a controlled substance, has a legitimate medical purpose; however, the drug can be addictive and may be abused. Daytrana is a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning there are special rules for how it may prescribed. For instance, prescriptions for the medication cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy. Also, you must get a new prescription each month; you cannot get refills for a Daytrana prescription.
Daytrana™ (methylphenidate patch) is a prescription medication licensed to treat ADHD. Although it has a legitimate medical purpose, the drug can be habit-forming and may be abused. Therefore, it is classified as a controlled substance. Controlled substances are medications or drugs that are very habit-forming or are very likely to be abused. Certain prescription medications and most illegal street drugs are controlled substances. There are special rules for prescribing medications that are controlled substances. Also, there are five different groups (or "schedules") of controlled substances. Each schedule has its own specific rules.
Daytrana, along with most other stimulants, is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that Daytrana has a legitimate medical purpose but is very likely to be abused (see Daytrana Abuse for more information). Because it is a Schedule II controlled substance, there are special rules for prescribing Daytrana. Prescriptions for the medication must be in the written "hard copy" form (they cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy). Also, Daytrana prescriptions cannot have any refills (you must get a new prescription each month).
All the special rules and "red tape" surrounding the use of Daytrana may seem inconvenient, but they were put in place to prevent abuse of the medication. There may be other rules your healthcare providers must follow for Daytrana, depending on the laws of your particular state.