Daytrana Prescription for ADHD
Daytrana is the commercial name for methylphenidate transdermal system. It is one of several medications that are marketed for the treatment of ADHD; however, unlike other drugs, it is taken transdermally. A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch that looks much like a large band-aid that is placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of medication. It is passed through the skin into the bloodstream. There are several advantages of using a transdermal delivery system over a traditional method. The patch provides a controlled release of the medication into the patient over time, usually through either a porous membrane or through body heat that melts the medication embedded in the adhesive. In some ADHD patients, Daytrana is prescribed as a second-line treatment when traditional oral forms are not well-tolerated or when patients have difficulty with complying.
Daytrana is the long-acting formulation of methylphenidate, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It works in the CNS to selectively inhibit the presynaptic reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine. In clinical trials, this medication was shown to be very effective in otherwise healthy adults.
Side effects of Daytrana
Like other Methylphenidate prescriptions, Daytrana is usually well-tolerated but can have some adverse effects such as:
- Appetites and weight loss
- Dry mouth or eyes
- Anxiety, nervousness
- Abdominal pain
- Agitation or restlessness
- Blurred vision
- Increased heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
These symptoms typically subside over time, but should any severe conditions occur, speak with your doctor. Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, tongue, or throat is an emergency, and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Methylphenidate/Daytrana is a stimulant that has the risk of dependence or addition similar to amphetamines when it is used in high doses or for long periods. Periodically, your doctor will re-evaluate your condition and make adjustments as necessary.
What causes ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a chronic mental condition that is marked by a pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It can impact virtually every aspect of a patient’s life through emotions, behaviors, and the ability to learn new things.
Symptoms of ADHD can change over time, but it is a lifelong challenge. There is no cure for ADHD, with medication and other treatment, symptoms can be controlled to improve the quality of life.
Common ADHD symptoms include:
- Extreme restlessness
- Difficulty participating in quiet activities
- Excessive talking
- Little or lack of patience
- Inability to wait on others
- Don’t think about the consequences of actions
While research has developed many newer and more effective medications and techniques that can help to control symptoms, the cause of ADHD is yet unknown. Scientists do believe, however, that certain factors may contribute to the development. Exposure to environmental toxins such as lead, brain injury, alcohol, or substance abuse during pregnancy, genetics (ADHD tends to run in families), and poor nutrition are all thought to contribute to ADHD. Despite some very profound claims, sugar, watching too much television and lack of discipline are not the causes of this disorder.
ADHD treatment options in San Francisco
Getting diagnosed with any mental health issue can be complicated. There are no laboratory tests that can definitively say someone has ADHD. Diagnosis is made through extensive elimination and evaluation by a physician. Symptoms of ADHD and other conditions can be the same. Doctors must rule out the presence of those conditions before a diagnosis can be made. The standard for an ADHD diagnosis is that at least six of the nine symptoms of inattention and impulsivity be present and drastically interfere with daily life for at least six months. This process can take some time, but it is essential that a correct diagnosis is determined. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients to also have an anxiety disorder or depression due to the complications of living with ADHD.
Like many other mental illnesses, ADHD can be treated with medications, therapy, or a combination of both. While some patients tend to avoid therapy due to the stigma associated with mental health, most doctors feel that the benefits are very effective. Therapists or counselors can not only work through the intense emotions that these types of disorders cause, but they can also help patients learn beneficial coping techniques to use when symptoms arise. Speak with a licensed ADHD doctor in San Francisco to see if we can help.
Like Daytrana, other ADHD medications can help control the symptoms of the disorder. Working with your doctor to find the right combination can be tedious, but in the end, it is well worth the effort.
ADHD Care at EZCare
EZCare Clinic of San Francisco is equipped to help you in your journey for appropriate ADHD treatment. From diagnosis to treatment, our practitioners will help you find the best options for your condition. Our office is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Call us at (415) 966-0848 for an appointment, or schedule one online.
You can take a preliminary self-assessment here to give you an idea of your possible condition before visiting the doctor.