Daytrana and Alcohol Interaction

Daytrana and Alcohol

Daytranageneric name Methylphenidate belongs to the family of drugs known as nervous system stimulants and is used to treat deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is not known exactly how this drug works but may also be used for treating other disorders. It is applied in patch form.

If alcohol is consumed while using Daytrana the known side effects will be greatly increased.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Do not start this drug if you are allergic to it, have anxiety, agitation, tension, have glaucoma, tics, Tourette syndrome or a family history of it, serious heart problems or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 14 days.

Before starting Daytrana advise your physician if you are pregnant, plan to become or are breast feeding, taking prescription or nonprescription medication, herbal or dietary supplements, have allergies to anything, skin inflammation, a wound, skin disorder, high blood pressure,, irregular heartbeat, seizures, abnormal EEGs, overactive thyroid, chronic fatigue, cystic fibrosis, stomach or bowel problems, history of mood or mental problems or drug or alcohol dependence.

Side Effects

Less serious side effectsare headache, loss of appetite, sore throat, nausea, nervousness, redness, mild itching, bumps on skin at application site, stuffy nose, trouble sleeping, vomiting or weight loss. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, behavior changes, vision problems, chest pain, confusion, dark urine, fainting, irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, sore throat, hallucinations, mental changes, unusual emotions, red spots on skin, seizures, dizziness, short of breath, slurred speech, attempted suicide, blisters at site, tremor, uncontrolled muscle movement or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical aid.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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