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Metadate is a drug used as once-a-day treatment for people who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Its main ingrieident is methylphenidate, which is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD for more than 30 years. Other ingredients include: sugar spheres, povidone, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and polyethylene glycol, ethylcellulose aqueous dispersion, dibutyl sebacate, gelatin, titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue No. 2.
The main three symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. The drug is supposed to be swallowed in the morning, before breakfast. It dissolves right away, delivering an initial dose of methylphenidate, which increases attention and decreases impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
The capsules are not to be crushed, chewed, or opened but swallowed with water, milk or juice.
Regarding side effects, the most common are headache, stomach pain, sleeplessness, and decreased appetite, but nausea, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness, tics, allergic reactions, increased blood pressure and psychosis may be felt too.

Are you experiencing any negative effects of the drug?
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I have a 8 year old daughter who was just diagnosed with ADHD and she has tried the Daytrana 10 mg Patch, which burned her skin so they were discontinued. Then the doctor put her on Medadate 20 mg, which she does not like taking because of the way it makes her feel. She says she wants to eat, and it takes her appetite away. She knows she's hungry and wants to eat lunch with her classmates in school. She is a very small framed girl to begin with and doesnt need to lose any weight. Is there some medication out there that does not cause appetite loss? I am going crazy trying to get her to take her medication every morning!
Please help if you can.
Mary Beth-worried mother.
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I have a 7 year old who is also on Medadate 20mg and will be increasing to 40mg when he turns 8 this month and starts the 3rd grade. What I find that has worked well is to feed him a good breakfast with high protein and a good dinner and usually even a second meall before bedtime.
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