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The methylphenidate patch (Daytrana™) contains a stimulant that produces a calming effect in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One of the benefits of this patch is that it only needs to be applied once daily, which means that children don't have to take medication at school.
The patch is typically worn for nine hours a day. It takes about two hours for the patch to start working; the effects may last for about three hours after it is removed. Your child's healthcare provider may recommend wearing it for a shorter period if it causes difficulty sleeping.
(Click Methylphenidate Patch for more information about this prescription drug, including details about its risks, warnings, and potential side effects.)
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