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ADD/ADHD Medicines and Safety
The FDA has issued a warning about the risk of drug abuse with amphetamine stimulants. FDA safety advisors are also concerned about the possibility that all amphetamine and methylphenidate stimulants used for ADHD may increase the risk of heart and psychiatric problems.
The FDA has also issued a warning about a connection between antidepressants (including the non-stimulant Strattera) and an increased risk of suicide in adults aged 18-24, especially in the first one or two months of treatment.
While these risks may seem alarming, keep in mind that experts generally consider these medicines safe. Serious problems are rare. Still, you should discuss the risks and benefits of these drugs with your doctor.
Possible Side Effects You Should Know About Before Choosing Daytrana For Your Child
Serious heart problems have been reported when using the Daytrana patch and other stimulant medicines
Serious mental (psychiatric) problems have been reported with the Daytrana patch or other stimulant medicines
In clinical studies, the most common side effects seen when using the Daytrana patch include skin problems where you apply Daytrana (redness, small bumps, itching), poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weight loss, tics, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and dizziness
For more details about side effects, including the Boxed Warning regarding abuse and dependence, please see the Medication Guide. For a full list of side effects, please see the full prescribing information.
Information About Potential Skin Effects
The majority of children in clinical trials experienced mild skin irritation where the patch was applied. In most cases, irritation disappeared within 24 hours
It is possible to develop an allergic reaction to the Daytrana patch. Be sure to tell your child's doctor about any skin rash that develops in areas where the Daytrana patch has been applied. Your child's doctor can determine if the rash is irritation or an allergic skin rash
If redness is accompanied by a more intense skin reaction that does not significantly improve within 48 hours or spreads beyond the patch application site, discontinue use and contact your physician
To minimize potential skin side effects, use the Daytrana patch as prescribed and remember to alternate the hip on which the patch is worn every day. Try not to use the same application site on either hip for several days
Patients allergic to Daytrana may not be able to take methylphenidate in any form
If you are currently taking prescription medication for your symptoms and are interested in building more health and perhaps getting off your medication by addressing the cause of your health concern, please call the office and let us discuss your options. I will work with your medical doctor to restore your health and reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
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