methylphenidate transdermal (generic name)

It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
(meth il FEN i date)
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What is this medicine?

METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • family history of suicide
  • glaucoma
  • heart condition or recent history of a heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem
  • liver disease
  • mental illness, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, mania or schizophrenia
  • motor tics, family history or diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome
  • overactive thyroid
  • seizures
  • taken an MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in last 14 days
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to methylphenidate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply the patch to dry, smooth skin on the hip. Alternate hips each day. Avoid injured, irritated, or oily areas. Apply the patch 2 hours before the effect of the medicine is needed. Use care separating the patch from the release liner. Follow package instructions carefully. Do not apply to waistline where clothing may cause the patch to rub off. Do not use patches that have been cut or torn. Wash hands after applying this medicine. Do not heat the area where the patch is with heating pads, electric blankets or hot water beds. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Take this patch off after the prescribed number of hours. After removing fold the patch so it sticks to itself. Flush used patches down the toilet or throw away in a lidded trash can. Do not flush pouch and protective liner down the toilet. Throw them away in a lidded trash can.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If the patch falls off, you may replace it with another patch at a different site on the same hip. You must remove that patch also at the same time; do not wear it for a longer period of time.

If you forget to apply a patch in the morning, you may do so later in the day, but you should remove the patch at the same time of day you normally remove the patch to reduce the possibility of side effects late in the day or at night.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • atomoxetine
  • lithium
  • medicines called MAO inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
  • other stimulant medicines like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, modafinil and others
  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • medicines for blood pressure
  • caffeine
  • medicines to decrease appetite or cause weight loss
  • other medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • seizure (convulsion) or epilepsy medicine
  • warfarin

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Last Updated: December 15, 2010
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