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Desmopressin Acetate

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: DDAVP®;Stimate®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Desmopressin®;DDAVP®;DDAVP® Melt;Minirin®;Novo-Desmopressin;Octostim®;PMS-Desmopressin
    • Mexican Brand Names: Nafiset;Octostim;Pizzard
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antihemophilic Agent;Hemostatic Agent;Vasopressin Analog, Synthetic

    Uses
    • It is used to stop bedwetting in children.
    • It is used to lower urine output.
    • It is used to treat hemophilia.
    • It is used to treat von Willebrand disease.
    • It is used to stop and treat bleeding.
    • Desmopressin is a hormone in the body.
    • It helps take water into the kidneys.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take at bedtime for bedwetting.
    • Follow what doctor says for drinking liquids.
    • Nose:
    • Follow how to use as you have been told by your doctor or read the package insert.
    • Use solution and spray in the nose.
    • Blow your nose before use.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle, under the skin, or into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Oral:
    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Nose:
    • Store DDAVP® and Stimate® at room temperature. Keep upright. Throw away any part not used after 6 months.
    • Store DDAVP® Rhinal Tube and MinirinT in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If stored at room temperature, throw away any part not used after 3 weeks.
    • Shot:
    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to desmopressin acetate or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Low sodium levels or very bad kidney disease.

    Precautions

    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Follow what the doctor said about how much liquid to drink and how much to work out.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools.
    • Very bad muscle pain or weakness.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Seizures.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.


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