Desmopressin belongs to a class of medications called anti-diuretics. It can be used to treat central diabetes insipidus, a condition where the kidneys are unable to conserve water due to a lack of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). This condition causes frequent urination and thirst. Desmopressin works by helping reduce the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
This medication is used in the nose as a nasal spray. The usual dose is from 1 to 4 sprays daily and depends on your condition and response to this medication. Patient instructions are provided with the product. Make sure you understand how to use the medication properly. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not use it more frequently without your doctor's approval. Limit drinking of water or other fluids while using this medication. Consult your doctor for details
This medication may cause headache, runny nose, nausea, stomachache or flushing of the face. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop stomach cramps, sudden weight gain, seizures. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you use desmopressin, tell your doctor your medical history including high blood pressure, heart disease, breathing problems (upper respiratory tract), nasal congestion, any allergies you may have. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially fluid/sodium imbalances in the blood. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. It is not known if desmopressin nasal spray is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with DESMOPRESSIN. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
· Carbamazepine, chlorpromazine, lamotrigine, narcotic analgesics (e.g., codeine), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (e.g., ibuprofen), oxybutynin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g., fluoxetine), or tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., imipramine) because the risk of fluid overload with low blood sodium levels may be increased
Ask your health care provider if DESMOPRESSIN may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.