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We've been on the patch for about 3-months. It delivers a much more even, steady flow of medication throughout the day. Less peaks and valleys than concerta. There are a few negatives. First, he gets a rash under the patch and we have been putting steroid cream on it daily. We move the patch to a different side each day. Second, I get up at 6:00 every day to put it on him while he's sleeping. it takes about 3 hours to kick-in. We give him a short acting ritalin also at 6:00 a.m. to cover him until the patch kicks in. This has worked great! Third, sometimes it's hard to peel the backing off the patch. You need to have fingernails. Lastly, he's had a problem on and off over the years with tics. That's why we took him off concerta to try the patch. We were great during the first month but then the tics came back. He uses a 20 mg patch and I am now cutting about 1/4 inch off the patch - which has helped. We have been tic free for the past few weeks. However, now that we're back in school I'm looking to see if they return. Overall the benefits of the patch far outweigh the negatives. It holds him until about 8:00 p.m. I would recommend giving it a try. One more thing. It's expensive. Even with insurance, it's costing us $60 a month.
Joliesmom, thank you for the information i had already mention this to my thirteen year old and he seemed very interested, but olny the good ol dr. can do the change for it. My son has always had the tics also with the concerta, ritalin ect, but much worse with the concerta, even though be decreased the dose. Are you saying that insurance doesn't cover this patch? And are you speaking about medicaid? I will mention this to his Dr at his next appt.

Love, Missy





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