View Full Version : Daytrana Patches- Anyone tried them?


bettyboop92
07-01-07, 03:02 PM
Hello! I am a new person to the forumn and also have just been dx'd with ADHD. The pdoc is having me try Daytrana Patches.

Has anyone here tried them and had good luck with the patches?

Also, if they do not work, I will be placed on Ritalin LA. My son also has ADHD, and he takes Ritalin LA. It works well for him.

Thank you.

Bettyboop92

Todd Black
07-02-07, 10:00 PM
Hi! I'm not new here, even though it says I am...I can't remember my old account name from like a year or so ago, so I had to make a new one...anyway, I just started the patch today. I don't feel any different yet, however I've only started on 10 mg. I think I'll try this amount for a week, and then move up to 20 to see if it helps. I'll let you know!


Oh yeah, by the way I'm not a little kid...I'm 30. I talked to a girl who was 23 and has been on the patch for a few months and she loves it, so I guess it's fine for kids and adults...

CarmenC
07-15-07, 08:52 PM
My son just started on the patch. First day, awful rebound 2hrs after removing it (left on for 9hrs) second time, I left it for 12 hours and worked awsome. He is sleeping now (YEY)

hard to remove from the sticky paper...

My doc gave me a couple sizes for free to try the best dose

Dove
07-22-07, 10:58 AM
My daughter has been using the patch for about six months. It takes a little longer to kick in than the pill, but there is no bleed through. It keeps her at a good steady level all day.

tjmamais
07-22-07, 10:04 PM
Couple things,
1) try putting the patches in the freezer for a couple of minutes before putting the patch on, easier to pull off.
2) also found that the rebound was greater on the patch than other meds. Lasted for over a week while she was adjusting.
3) We ended up taking my DD off the patch because of non-stop crying.
Best of Luck

Lady Lark
07-23-07, 11:52 PM
We tried it with my seven year old, without much luck. It wasn't as effective for him, and getting it off was a real pain (I ended up pulling the sticky part off three of them and they were so bad off that they had to be trashed). Oddly enough he prefered taking pills. He colplained alot about the patch and even asked a couple times if he could go back to pill medication. I think it may have been aggravating his skin, even though I never saw any signs (rash, redness, etc).

Then again, I've heard from people that love it so...*shrugs*

ang7880
09-07-07, 09:50 PM
tjmamais,
My son has also been on Daytrana. He started it mid-school year last...or around Jan of this year...whichever way you look at it. I don't have him on meds on weekends or during school breaks. He didn't seem to have any trouble with it earlier this year..but since summer break and since starting school again he has been over-emotional...crying over everything. Will this stop? Is it just a matter of him getting used to the meds again? He has huge anxiety problems as well. But has had those for a long while....they've only been exasperated recently.

Imnapl
09-08-07, 10:54 AM
He has huge anxiety problems as well. But has had those for a long while....they've only been exasperated recently.Was his anxiety exacerbated when he first started the patch? Because he was off meds all summer, it would be difficult to tell if it's the start of the new school year and all that entails or going back on the patch. What does his doctor think?

ang7880
09-08-07, 12:05 PM
Was his anxiety exacerbated when he first started the patch? Because he was off meds all summer, it would be difficult to tell if it's the start of the new school year and all that entails or going back on the patch. What does his doctor think?Well, he was overly emotional at the beginning of school, yes....I didn't medicate him until a week after school started. I was hoping to get through this time around without medication. He does fine when I work with him at home...but that's one-on-one time with him, not like a classroom setting. I noticed that he was having trouble staying focused due to the amount of work he was bringing home that hadn't been completed at school...as it should have been. So, he went on the Daytrana a week later. And I have to say...the emotions and mood swings have been exasperated since the onset of medication.

I have not yet discussed this with his doctor. I was actually contemplating whether or not to take him for a visit. ...or whether or not to take him off the meds and see how things go. See, I do not remember this being a problem when he first started taking Daytrana in Jan after we swtiched him from Adderall to the patch.

Imnapl
09-08-07, 12:13 PM
Ang, did your son experience anxiety before he was ever prescribed Daytrana? Some meds can exacerbate existing anxiety. How would you describe "mood swings"?

ang7880
09-08-07, 12:40 PM
Ang, did your son experience anxiety before he was ever prescribed Daytrana? Some meds can exacerbate existing anxiety. How would you describe "mood swings"?Yes, he did have existing anxiety. But it was nothing that caused any concern. I thought it was just normal worries that all kids have. But after having two more children who do not share his worries....it wasn't normal anymore.

Mood swings.... for example, the other day he was crying and very emotional, very withdrawn (this was as we were getting ready to school).... 2 mins later he was running around the house laughing and playing with our dog. He gets "set off" quite easily.

I am a stay-at-home-mom, but my husband works normal hours. So usually if I have an errand to run, I will wait until my husband gets home to go out...so that I don't have to drag my three kids around with me. It's no fun shopping with three kids! =) Well, I cannot make it out of the house without an episode, and usually end up taking Brandon with me because he's too afraid to stay at the house while I am away. My husband has never abused any of the children, so that is not a concern we have. However, one day...a long time ago....maybe 2 years ago.... I was out running errands and Gavin (hubby) was home with the kids. Trash day was the next morning, so Gavin decided to haul the trash cans from the back yard to the front curb. He didn't think to tell the kids that he was going outside and would be right back. Meanwhile, Brandon is histerically searching the house for daddy....Gavin was only out a matter of minutes, but that has stuck with him apparently. We've never really had any troubles with it since....We've just been very diligent about letting him (them) know ahead of time if we have to step out into the back yard...or go get the mail, etc.....
However, within the last two weeks....I cannot go anywhere. If I even mention going to the store when daddy gets home...his eyes swell up and he starts freaking out.
I've asked him why he does this. His reply is simply, "I don't want daddy to go outside to do the trash."
Other than this, he's just emotional over almost anything.
Examples,
•The other morning he went to fill the dog's water bowl with fresh water, took it to the sink and filled it....proceeded to walk back over to place it on the floor....spilling a little of it. We weren't upset with him, but he just started crying.
•Another instance, he was holding the puppy or playing with it...and maybe he was playing roughly and Lewis (the dog) banged his head on the coffee table or something...nothing that hurt him....but Brandon would start crying and say that Lewis isn't going to like him anymore. It was merely and accident and the dog wasn't hurt...got right back up and started playing with him.

There are several examples....um, but he just seems very hard on himself. We've never been very strict....so he has no reason to think that he has disappointed us or would be in trouble. :confused:

Imnapl
09-08-07, 12:52 PM
He sounds like a pretty sensitive little guy, not moody. How old is he? From what you have described, he sounds a lot like my son when he was young and he wasn't diagnosed or medicated until he was an adult. We are pretty hard on ourselves and "wear our heart on our sleeve", especially when young. My adult daughter has never been medicated and is busy phoning around to find an ADHD specialist where she lives. She says she is now experiencing anxiety due to her untreated ADHD and she doesn't like living like that.

Many of us don't take med holidays because some of our ADHD symptoms are actually worse away from the structure of work or school.

ang7880
09-08-07, 10:30 PM
My son is 8 years old.
This evening he has another outburst. I was invited next door for a bunko group...right next door. Dad was home and 2 other children were over that my husband was watching while us mom's were at the neighbors.........
I could hardly get out the door. But I did.......and I think he was fine afterwards...but I shouldn't have to have that struggle each and every time I want to open that door.
What do you recommend that I do? Should we see the doc before I made any decision?

Imnapl
09-08-07, 10:36 PM
Should we see the doc before I made any decision?Yes, ma'am, that's what they get the big bucks for. If you are not confident in your doctor's ability to help you, find another one. Just curious, was your son on meds tonight?

Imnapl
09-08-07, 10:38 PM
I was invited next door for a bunko group...Bunko? Is it a game?

ang7880
09-08-07, 11:13 PM
Yes, ma'am, that's what they get the big bucks for. If you are not confident in your doctor's ability to help you, find another one. Just curious, was your son on meds tonight?No, he was not on meds today at all. I'll call Monday morning to schedule an appointment.

Bunko? Is it a game?Yes, it's quite fun. Mindless game...a groups of my girlfriends get together once a month to play. Can I place links??? >>> Bunko (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunco)

Imnapl
09-08-07, 11:17 PM
I remember hearing of the bunco-squad, but had no idea where it came from.

mchileanseabass
08-24-11, 01:42 PM
I am 45. After burning out on Vyvanse my psychiatrist now recommends I try Daytrana. Today is the first day. I feel it, but nowhere near the crush of Vyvanse. Will report back. I am surprised how this seems to be mainly for children, and feel sad for kids less than 10 who are on meds (in general) but I'm on my own here and not casting aspersion. I hope to read more commentary from adults on Daytrana.

whenvel
08-24-11, 03:45 PM
I am 45. After burning out on Vyvanse my psychiatrist now recommends I try Daytrana. Today is the first day. I feel it, but nowhere near the crush of Vyvanse. Will report back. I am surprised how this seems to be mainly for children, and feel sad for kids less than 10 who are on meds (in general) but I'm on my own here and not casting aspersion. I hope to read more commentary from adults on Daytrana.

Hi, I'm in about the same spot -- I'm 32, been on Vyvanse for several months. I went from 30 to 40 mg but it's not even lasting until lunch anymore, so my doctor recommended Daytrana.

I had never heard of it before; is it the same type of drug as Vyvanse, just a different way of getting it into your body?

mchileanseabass
08-26-11, 12:47 AM
Hi, I'm in about the same spot -- I'm 32, been on Vyvanse for several months. I went from 30 to 40 mg but it's not even lasting until lunch anymore, so my doctor recommended Daytrana.

I had never heard of it before; is it the same type of drug as Vyvanse, just a different way of getting it into your body?


Yes. First let me congratulate your tired hand for emerging from the Vyvanse grip. I really tried to make vyvanse work for 3 years, 30 mg. It was sometimes awesome, made me shine when I would've been reluctant to. But those shining times were put in a plastic sphere you would get out of a .25 candy machine, put on the driveway, and then a military tank (the crushing evil side of vyvanse) runs slowly over the good shining moments and then poof their gone. VYVANSE I do not understand. When I talked to my psych he ask me if I experienced any angression. I experienced a sustained high at work, a new wrinkle in my forehead, and then just enough dissapation at home to be grumpy and non helpful with our three piece family. then can sleep so I pop 5 mg ambien.

Now I'm fresh on Daytrana. MAde for kids, but maybe that's what I need. The patch you put on in the morning ( I put it on at 7) and thenyou take it of 9 - 12 hours later. If you go longer you get that cocaine jaw gnashing thing. Probably strange to see on a 7 yr old. Anywho. I do not do cocaine, but I know what it does to you. MAKES YOU AN A**HOLE is really what it does. But well I dealt with that.

What I like about Daytrana (before I interrupted myself) I put it on at 7 and I take it off at 7pm. You can make it stop. Vyvanse you were all aboard the crazy train.

I know Vyvyance and Daytana are very different chems. My takeway has been vyvyanse has all the subtlety of "ok we are going to put your brain into a vise, and we will start to squeeze" not headaches but lemme put it this way I have serious lines on my forhead now left from the grimace of anger and outrage.

Daytana is much weaker (30mg patch) takes 1.5 - 2 hour to warm up, then right before you get cracky you take it off. it seems UBER easy to regulate. Regulating the cthulu like mind bomb that Vyvanse was was unsustainable. I would have to stop my 30mg ever 5 or 6 days, then I would sleep like rip van winklle. To me vyvanse is not a sustainable drug. I hate knowing little kids are on it. Some kids on 60 mg vyvannse. That's nuts, I believe.

Sleep is so important to all you ADD riddled people and for me.
So far so good with the Daytrana. I feel not horrible, or in a bad mood. I feel happy to be alive and have some energy. Again this is only my second day on it. Check back to see the working me working it out, ravaged and cursing it and making odd satanic hand signs. Just kidding. I am an atheist who believes in you and me. and the power of people to find their way. and stuff

Eve78
08-26-11, 05:57 PM
I'm 33 and this is my 2nd day on Daytrana. 10mg. I was excited to try it, since I can remove the patch at any particular time.

I don't feel any different from before the patch though. Does it take a few days to start working? Also, I wonder if I can put it on my arm like a nicotine pouch, my hips aren't very strong, they are squishy. :) So maybe on the arm would be better. But now have to wait till Monday. Oh darn!

Do you all have to wear it on your hips as well?

mchileanseabass
08-27-11, 08:03 AM
I think you can wear them wherever you want. I wear mine on my lower abdomen or my upper back.

Binwooke
08-29-11, 10:14 PM
Day 3 on Daytrana. Although it seems to provide a steadyness, I am noticing it is less "in your face" than Concerta. It is a little slow on the uptake, and I have already forgotten twice to take it off before 8pm. All in all,I prefer Concerta for the extra motivation from the initial "big hit", but the overall duration is shorter, noticeably so. If I can get a Ritalin IR for late afternoon I will probably opt for that over Daytrana. If not, well the fact I can wear Daytrana for 12 hours, makes it a better choice for long days at work.