Daytrana (methylphenidate) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Daytrana’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

Daytrana is used in certain children to treat ADHD.

The active ingredient in Daytrana is methylphenidate. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. Daytrana comes as a patch that’s applied to the skin.

For more details on Daytrana, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Daytrana can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

To find out how much you’ll pay for Daytrana, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Note: If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Daytrana. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Daytrana in regard to your treatment.

Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Daytrana requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.

Be sure to ask your insurance company whether Daytrana requires prior authorization.

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Daytrana is available as the generic drug methylphenidate patch. Both come as transdermal patches that you apply to your skin.

A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

To find out how the costs of Daytrana and methylphenidate patch compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Daytrana and you’re interested in using methylphenidate patch instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer that you take one version instead of the other. Also, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider. This is because it may only cover one drug or the other.

Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?

Years of research and testing are needed to ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug exclusively for up to 20 years. After that, other drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.

If you take Daytrana long term, you may be able to lower your cost by getting a 90-day supply of your medication. If approved by your insurance company, a 90-day supply of Daytrana could help lower the cost of Daytrana and reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you need help covering the cost of Daytrana or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Daytrana and cost.

How does the cost of Daytrana compare with that of similar drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin LA?

The cost of Daytrana compared with the cost of Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) or Ritalin LA (methylphenidate) can depend on several factors.

For example, Daytrana comes as a different form than Adderall and Ritalin LA, which may affect the cost. Daytrana is available as a transdermal patch, while Adderall and Ritalin LA come as extended-release oral capsules.

Other factors that may affect how much you pay include:

  • whether there are any coupon cost savings programs available for the drug you’re prescribed
  • whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
  • how long your treatment lasts

If you have questions about the cost of Daytrana compared with the cost of similar medications, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They can share more details on treatment costs based on your specific situation.

How much does Daytrana cost without insurance?

What you’ll pay for Daytrana without insurance depends on several factors. Generally, your cost will be higher without insurance.

Factors that could affect your cost include:

  • your dosage
  • whether you qualify for any savings programs
  • the pharmacy you choose
  • the supply of medication you receive (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)

To find out the exact cost of Daytrana without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Also, you may want to check with a few pharmacies to compare prices.

You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for Daytrana when you use coupons from the site. It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Healthline.

If you still have questions about the cost of Daytrana, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Daytrana.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:

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