Quick Tip for Using the Daytrana Patch


"My son's doctor prescribed the stimulant patch, Daytrana. I find it difficult to peel off the protective covering, and I’ve ruined several patches. Any suggestions?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

One of my patients discovered this trick: Store patches in the refrigerator. They seem to peel more easily when they’re cold. So far, all the patients I’ve shared this tip with say that it works well.

FDA is warning that permanent loss of skin color may occur with use of the Daytrana patch (methylphenidate transdermal system) for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). FDA added a new warning to the drug label to describe this skin condition, which is known as chemical leukoderma. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for more information.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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