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    Chris Williamson
    101

    BTW, for all you parents out there like Ron, who writes, “I’m still not sure what these drugs actually do,” let me try to explain the experience in a way your kids can’t, since I’m an adult with AD/HD.

    Any of you who are regular coffee drinkers, or regular caffeinated soft-drink drinkers … think about what it’s like without your coffee or Diet Coke. Or, for everyone, think about what it’s like when you’ve slept poorly and can’t focus. Now think about what it’s like when you get your coffee, or your Diet Coke, or after you finally get some decent sleep.

    That’s what it’s like to have AD/HD and get stimulant medication. Ritalin, Adderall, Daytrana … they’re all doing much the same thing as caffeine. And if you think about your own experiences, you can understand how a stimulant actually can make someone seem calmer and more focused.

    I’m not saying medication is right or wrong for anyone in particular. Don’t want to argue that point here. Just hoping to shed a little light on what must seem mysterious to parents sometimes.

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    Chris Williamson
    102

    Oops. Just re-read Ron’s post. He’s an adult with AD/HD himself, but he was also writing about a friend’s son. Don’t know if Ron’s ever been a coffee-drinker, but maybe he’ll pipe in and verify it’s a good analogy. At least in my experience, methylphenidate and amphetamine are both like the coffee I could never make strong enough.

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    Andrea
    103

    I also want to know if the patches can be cut. My Dr. suggested we cut a 30mg in thirds (my son is currently on 10 mg)so we can continue to use the patch. We do not have a prescription plan and plain old can’t afford $160 every month. Our pharmacist called Shire to find out if this is okay and they said that cutting it would not work because cutting the patch damages the membrane and by cutting it the medicine would be released all at once. I’m not sure who to believe. Shire wants to sell their product, the Dr. might not know what he’s talking about and the pharmacist agreed with Shire. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge on this?

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    freaked
    104

    i had sort of damaged the patch at one time trying to get the back off, so i snipped off the corner and my son came home from school with a horrible headache that day, and very irritated on the sight that the patch was- i am not sure if the cutting had anything to do with it or not-hope to have been helpful

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    Fred
    105

    Use GOO BE GONE after taking the patch off to remove all adhesive.

    GOO BE GONE is non-toxic and works great!!!!! It’s that orange smelling adhesive remover. It also reduces the redness.

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    Fred
    106

    We tried everything to open the patches, however I just got a new set of boxes and they open in a split second like a bandaid.

    I got it through mail order, so I don’t know if it’s just a new improved batch or if they were just well preserved in the mail order refrigerator. The previous batches were all from a CVS drug store which keeps them on a shelf.

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    Fred
    107

    I just have to repeat . . . Use any orange based adhesive remover like GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It makes a huge difference!!!!!!

    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOO BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi folks,

    Please note: We have now closed the comment form for this article, but a new article about visitors’ reports of problems with the Daytrana ADHD patch is now available; please leave feedback there if you’d like to talk about your experiences with the patch!

    Many thanks for all your feedback,
    Greg

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    […] quick count of comments left during more than a year in response to our first article about the Daytrana patch for ADHD shows around three times as many reports of positive overall experiences with the drug as […]

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