My son's Daytrana patch doesn't seem to 'kick in' until four hours after we apply it. What can we do in the mornings?
Larry Silver, M.D.
Although the company that manufactures Daytrana indicates that it starts to work more quickly than you say, many parents have told me about similar delays in effectiveness.
If you want to stay with the patch, ask your son’s doctor about the possibility of a small dose of methylphenidate, maybe 5 mg., when he first wakes up. This dose should cover him until the patch kicks in.