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Vomiting, nausea, and insomnia are some of the most common side effects of the methylphenidate patch. Some more serious side effects that may occur with the patch include shortness of breath, chest pain, and hallucinations. Problems that have been reported with other forms of methylphenidate and may or may not be side effects of the methylphenidate patch include drowsiness, anemia, and dizziness.
- Loss of appetite -- reported in up to 25.5 percent of children and adolescents
- Headache -- up to 15.3 percent
- Insomnia -- up to 13.3 percent
- Nausea -- up to 12.2 percent
- Irritability -- up to 11 percent
- Vomiting -- up to 10.2 percent
- Weight loss -- up to 9.2 percent (see Daytrana and Weight Loss)
- Uncontrolled movements of the head, neck, mouth, arms, or legs (known as tics) -- up to 7.1 percent
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 7.1 percent
- Emotional changes -- up to 6.1 percent
- Dizziness -- up to 5.5 percent.