Precautions and Warnings With the Methylphenidate Patch
Some precautions and warnings with the methylphenidate patch concern the increases in blood pressure and heart rate that may occur with the medication. Other warnings to be aware of before using the patch pertain to its addictive nature; methylphenidate is a stimulant and can be addictive. Other precautions and warnings with the methylphenidate patch have to do with taking the drug during pregnancy, which may not be safe.
- Heart problems of any kind, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, or certain irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias), or if you have had a recent heart attack
- Severe agitation, tension, or anxiety
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Mental illness, including bipolar disorder (manic depression) and psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Tourette syndrome
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eye)
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
It's important to also tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.