This medical video focuses on the new way to treat ADHD, with a patch.
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Jennifer Mathews: 13 year-old Cody Mitchell has lived with ADHD for most of his life. Kim Mitchell: He just will have outburst for no reason, talk nonstop, it can get him to hush. Jennifer Mathews: Cody used to take oral drugs to help his behavior but they caused unwanted side effects. Kim Mitchell: There are so many peaks and valleys all the time. He would be less hungry, he didn’t want to eat. Jennifer Mathews: Now Cody wears a patch that contains the drug Methylphenidate. It gives him constant relief and appetite and more control. Doctor Sharon Wigal says the patches are good option for a kid who can’t swallow pills and it has another benefit. Sharon Wigal: You really can’t stop the action of a pill once it’s swallowed but the patch could be removed as necessary depending on afternoon activities or whatever needs to happen in terms of that child’s life. Jennifer Mathews: The patch delivers an even flow of medication through the skin to the blood stream for nine hours. In clinical studies, it was just as effective as oral medication. Sharon Wigal: What we saw was that, by two hours we had the significant differences compared to placebo, no medication and they continued on through 12 hours. Jennifer Mathews: Cody sums up how he feels on the patch in one word. Cody Mitchell: Yup, no. Jennifer Mathews: And that’s all any kid can ask for. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.