METHYLPHENIDATE- methylphenidate patch
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Methylphenidate transdermal system should be given cautiously to patients with a history of drug dependence or alcoholism. Chronic abusive use can lead to marked tolerance and psychological dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior. Frank psychotic episodes can occur, especially with parenteral abuse. Careful supervision is required during withdrawal from abusive use, since severe depression may occur. Withdrawal following chronic therapeutic use may unmask symptoms of the underlying disorder that may require follow-up.


Methylphenidate transdermal system is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The efficacy of methylphenidate transdermal system in patients diagnosed with ADHD was established in two 7-week controlled clinical trials in children (ages 6-12) and one 7-week, controlled clinical trial in adolescents (ages 13-17).

A diagnosis of ADHD (DSM-IV-TR®) implies the presence of hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment and were present before age 7 years. The symptoms must cause clinically significant impairment, e.g., in social, academic, or occupational functioning, and be present in two or more settings, e.g., school (or work) and at home. The symptoms must not be better accounted for by another mental disorder. For the Inattentive Type, at least six of the following symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months: lack of attention to details/careless mistakes; lack of sustained attention; poor listener; failure to follow through on tasks; poor organization; avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort; loses things; easily distracted; forgetful. For the Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, at least six of the following symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months: fidgeting/squirming; leaving seat; inappropriate running/climbing; difficulty with quiet activities; “on the go;” excessive talking; blurting answers; can’t wait turn; intrusive. The Combined Type requires both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive criteria to be met.

1.1 Special Diagnostic Considerations

The specific etiology of this syndrome is unknown, and there is no single diagnostic test. Adequate diagnosis requires the use not only of medical but of special psychological, educational, and social resources. Learning may or may not be impaired. The diagnosis must be based upon a complete history and evaluation of the patient and not solely on the presence of the required number of DSM-IV-TR® characteristics.

1.2 Need for Comprehensive Treatment Program

Methylphenidate transdermal system is indicated as an integral part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include other measures (psychological, educational, social) for patients with this syndrome. Drug treatment may not be indicated for all patients with this syndrome. Stimulants are not intended for use in the patient who exhibits symptoms secondary to environmental factors and/or other primary psychiatric disorders, including psychosis. Appropriate educational placement is essential and psychosocial intervention is often helpful. When remedial measures alone are insufficient, the decision to prescribe stimulant medication will depend upon the physician’s assessment of the chronicity and severity of the patient’s symptoms.


It is recommended that methylphenidate transdermal system be applied to the hip area 2 hours before an effect is needed and should be removed 9 hours after application. Dosage should be titrated to effect. The recommended dose titration schedule is shown in the table below. Dose titration, final dosage, and wear time should be individualized according to the needs and response of the patient.

Table 1 Methylphenidate Transdermal System — Recommended Titration Schedule (Patients New to Methylphenidate)
Nominal in vivo delivery rate in children and adolescents when applied to the hip, based on a 9-hour wear period.

Upward Titration, if Response is Not Maximized

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Transdermal System Size

9.6 cm²

14.4 cm²

19.2 cm²

28.8 cm²

Nominal Delivered Dose * (mg/9 hours)

10 mg

15 mg

20 mg

30 mg

Delivery Rate *

(1.1 mg/hr)*

(1.6 mg/hr)*

(2.2 mg/hr)*

(3.3 mg/hr)*

Patients converting from another formulation of methylphenidate should follow the above titration schedule due to differences in bioavailability of methylphenidate transdermal system compared to other products.

2.1 Application

The parent or caregiver should be encouraged to use the administration chart included with each carton of methylphenidate transdermal system to monitor application and removal time, and method of disposal. It is recommended that parents or caregivers apply and remove the transdermal system for children; responsible adolescents may apply or remove the transdermal system themselves if appropriate. The Medication Guide included at the end of this insert also includes a timetable to calculate when to remove methylphenidate transdermal system, based on the 9-hour application time.

The adhesive side of methylphenidate transdermal system should be placed on a clean, dry area of the hip. The area selected should not be oily, damaged, or irritated. Apply the transdermal system to the hip area avoiding the waistline, since clothing may cause the transdermal system to rub off. When applying the transdermal system the next morning, place on the opposite hip at a new site if possible.

If patients or caregivers experience difficulty separating the transdermal system from the release liner or observe transfer of adhesive to the liner, tearing and/or other damage to the transdermal system during removal from the liner, the transdermal system should be discarded according to the directions provided below, and a new transdermal system should be applied. Patients or caregivers should inspect the release liner to ensure that no adhesive containing medication has transferred to the liner. If adhesive transfer has occurred, the transdermal system should be discarded.

Methylphenidate transdermal system should be applied immediately after opening the individual pouch and removing the protective liner. Do not use if the individual pouch seal is broken or if the transdermal system appears to be damaged. Do not cut transdermal systems. Only intact transdermal systems should be applied. The transdermal system should then be pressed firmly in place with the palm of the hand for approximately 30 seconds, making sure that there is good contact of the transdermal system with the skin, especially around the edges. Exposure to water during bathing, swimming, or showering can affect transdermal system adherence. Transdermal systems should not be applied or re-applied with dressings, tape, or other common adhesives. In the event that a transdermal system does not fully adhere to the skin upon application, or becomes partially or fully detached during wear time, the transdermal system should be discarded according to the directions provided in this label [see Dosage and Administration (2.3)] and a new transdermal system may be applied at a different site. The total recommended wear time for that day should remain 9 hours regardless of the number of transdermal systems used [see Patient Counseling Information (17)].

All patients should be advised to avoid exposing the methylphenidate transdermal system application site to direct external heat sources, such as hair dryers, heating pads, electric blankets, heated water beds, etc., while wearing the transdermal system [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]. When heat is applied to methylphenidate transdermal system after transdermal system application, both the rate and the extent of absorption are significantly increased. The temperature-dependent increase in methylphenidate absorption can be greater than 2-fold [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. This increased absorption can be clinically significant and result in overdose of methylphenidate [see Overdosage (10)].

Transdermal systems should not be stored in refrigerators or freezers.

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