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When it comes to treating ADHD, there are several alternatives to Daytrana. Alternatives to the methylphenidate patch include Desoxyn, Adderall, Dexedrine, and certain other stimulants. Two nonstimulant medications have been approved for treating ADHD; other nonstimulants may be used "off-label" to treat the condition. For some people taking Daytrana, alternatives to the medication may include lifestyle changes (such as therapy).

Daytrana Alternatives: An Overview

Daytrana™ (methylphenidate patch) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants.
 
For most children with ADHD, Daytrana is effective in treating their symptoms, and most children tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur with Daytrana. Also, the medicine may not adequately control ADHD for every child with the condition. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Daytrana for treatment of ADHD.
 
Some of these Daytrana alternatives include:
 
  • Lifestyle changes, including therapy
  • Other stimulant ADHD medications
  • Nonstimulant ADHD medication.
 

Lifestyle Changes

Whether or not ADHD medications are used, there are several steps that can be taken to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Helping the child develop a routine is often useful. Developing systems to keep the child organized (such as using notebooks or binders for homework) can also be helpful.
 
Be sure to talk to your child's school about a 504 plan. A 504 plan (named after the law that requires public schools to accommodate children with disabilities) outlines the steps the school will take to help your child to do his or her best at school. The 504 plan also addresses how your child will receive medication at school.
 
Any behavioral change involves a well-balanced ADHD treatment plan, including social, educational, and mental therapy. There are several different types of therapy for ADHD, including:
 
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Support groups
  • Parenting skill training
  • Behavioral interventions.
     
Sometimes only the child with ADHD needs counseling support. In many cases, however (because the problem affects the family as a whole), the entire family may need help. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in improving ADHD symptoms, medications (such as Daytrana) may be necessary.
 
(Click Behavior Therapy for ADHD for more information about the different types of ADHD therapy.)
 
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