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Daytrana Patch News

Methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin or Concerta, is one of the most popular drugs used to treat and manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This drug is usually administered orally in pill form. Noven Therapeutics has developed a patch that administers the drug through the skin. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration, this methylphenidate transdermal system may have a less-than-ideal side effect in some individuals: permanent skin discoloration.

This condition is known as chemical leukoderma. Chemical leukoderma is not a life-threatening or physically damaging condition. Nonetheless, it is permanent, which may contribute to significant emotional distress, depending on the severity of the discoloration.

If you or anyone you know has been using the Daytrana patch, you should regularly check for abnormal discoloration on your skin, especially where the patch is placed. If you believe you have chemical leukoderma, contact your doctor immediately. It's not recommended that you cease using the transdermal patch until you speak with your doctor.

Is the Daytrana patch safe? 

Daytrana has been recognized as safe by the FDA. Does this mean it's truly safe for you? Well, it depends on the user. Like all prescription drugs, the methylphenidate transdermal system comes with certain risks. These risks include but are not limited to heart attack, stroke, organ failure and more. These side effects are terrifying to learn about, but keep in mind that nearly all of them can be prevented by properly using the Daytrana patch as instructed. There have been a few extremely rare cases where methylphenidate has caused sudden death in individuals with already existing congenital heart defects.

Your doctor wouldn't prescribe this stimulant to you if he knew you were on other prescription drugs or had an underlying heart condition. Being honest about your medical history when discussing the Daytrana patch with your doctor is your best bet if you care about your health. Alternative treatments can always be found.

Daytrana patch side effects 

Daytrana, like all drugs, has been known to produce undesirable side effects. If you experience facial swelling or hives or have difficulty breathing, you're likely having an allergic reaction. If you believe you're having an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

Common side effects from using Daytrana include:
  • Insomnia 
  • Weight loss 
  • Nausea 
  • Erratic mood swings 
  • Mild rash where patch was worn 

Less common but serious side effects of Daytrana use are:
  • Hallucinations, anger and paranoia 
  • Stroke-like symptoms (numbness or weakness on one side of the body) 
  • Dramatic spikes in blood pressure 
  • Painful erections lasting more than four hours 
  • Abnormal changes in skin color 
  • Vision problems 

Have you or a loved one used the Daytrana patch recently and noticed abnormal discoloration where the patch was placed? The first thing you should do is contact your doctor for suggestions for an alternative treatment. There are many other options to help manage your ADHD. The next thing you should do is speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled to monetary compensation.

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