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Desmopressin acetate injection
DESMOPRESSIN INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DESMOPRESSIN INJECTION

(dess-mow-PRESS-in)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): DDAVP

Uses

This medication is used to treat diabetes insipidus, for surgical procedures, head injury or other conditions requiring fluid control. This is also used to control bleeding in persons with certain types of blood disorders such as Hemophilia A or von Willebrand's disease.

How To Use

This is given by injection into a vein or just under the skin. The dose will be based on your condition and response. Use this only as directed. Do not increase the dose, use this more often or stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor.

Side Effects

Headache, flushing and irritation, burning or swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these effects: nausea, stomach cramps, genital-area pain, uncontrolled bleeding, chest pain. 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.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: high blood pressure, heart disease, fluid or vitamin/mineral (electrolyte) imbalances, any allergies you may have. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: carbamazepine, chlorpropamide, demeclocycline, "water pills" (diuretics), drugs that increase blood pressure (e.g., dopamine, epinephrine, ephedrine, norepinephrine), alcohol. Ask your doctor how much, if any, alcohol you may drink. Alcohol interferes with the action of desmopressin by increasing urination. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Laboratory tests may be done to monitor your progress. In addition, the amount of fluid you drink may be monitored.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C) as directed. Properly discard of used needles. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).