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Desmopressin (By mouth)

Desmopressin (des-moe-PRES-in)

Helps control thirst and frequent urination caused by diabetes insipidus and certain brain injuries. This medicine also treats bedwetting problems.

Brand Name(s):

DDAVP

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to desmopressin, or if you have moderate to severe kidney disease.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Your doctor may want you to decrease the amount of fluids that you drink while you are taking this medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking blood pressure or heart medicines, or if you have just stopped using nasal DDAVP.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, or problems with fluid balance, such as cystic fibrosis.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Confusion, weakness, muscle twitching.
  • Headaches, blurred vision, dizziness.
  • Rapid weight gain.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, or diarrhea.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 10/4/2014


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