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Although Daytrana is a stimulant, it has effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants (like caffeine) can cause hyperactivity, Daytrana has a calming effect. While it is not known exactly how the medicine produces a calming effect, it is known that it affects certain chemicals in the brain (see Methylphenidate and D2 Receptors).
Daytrana is a skin patch that contains methylphenidate. The methylphenidate is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. After the Daytrana patch is applied, it takes about two hours before the medicine begins to take effect. After the patch is removed, the effect of the medicine slowly wears off.
Daytrana has not been approved for use in children younger than six years of age.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Daytrana for treating something other than ADHD in children or adolescents. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are a few off-label Daytrana uses, such as: