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As with other stimulants, Daytrana can be addictive and may be abused. People may abuse Daytrana because the drug can increase alertness, attention, and energy. Some people abuse stimulants such as Daytrana to lose weight. Abusing Daytrana can result in dangerously high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat, and cardiovascular failure or seizures. Daytrana abuse or addiction can be dangerous, so notify your healthcare provider if you need help.

Daytrana Abuse: An Overview

Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, over 15 million Americans a year report using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once during the year.
Daytrana™ (methylphenidate patch) is a prescription medication used for ADHD treatment. As a stimulant, Daytrana can be habit-forming when used in doses higher than the recommended dosage or for extended periods of time. Stimulants (like Daytrana) are also often abused.

Reasons for Daytrana Abuse

There are many reasons why Daytrana is abused. One reason for Daytrana abuse is for the "high" that it causes. Stimulants can increase alertness, attention, and energy, which are accompanied by increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Another reason Daytrana is abused is for weight loss (see Daytrana and Weight Loss). Weight loss is a common side effect of Daytrana. Daytrana is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD who feel that it helps them perform better in school.
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