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Desmopressin acetate nasal
DESMOPRESSIN - NASAL SPRAY 1.5MG/ML

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 - NASAL SPRAY 1.5MG/ML

(dess-mow-PRESS-in)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Stimate

Uses

This medication is used to treat certain types of blood disorders (Hemophilia A and von Willebrand's disease-Type I).

How To Use

This medication is administered in the nose as a nasal spray. If nasal passages are not clear another dose form of this medication may be required. The spray pump must be "primed" by pressing down 4 times (or until an even spray appears) before the first use. 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. If bleeding is not controlled after using the spray, contact your doctor.

Side Effects

This medication may cause headache, runny nose, sore throat, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache or flushing of the face. If any of these effect persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: nose bleed, stomach cramps, vomiting, irregular heartbeat. 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, breathing problems, nasal congestion, heart disease, fluid or vitamin/mineral (electrolyte) imbalances, 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 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 of: carbamazepine, chlorpropamide, demeclocycline, water pills (diuretics), drugs that increase blood pressure (e.g., dopamine, epinephrine, ephedrine, levophed). 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. Do not allow anyone else to use this medication.

Missed Dose

The spray is used for each bleeding episode. Use as soon as needed. This medication is not for routine (scheduled) use.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. If stored at room temperature, discard after 3 weeks. The container delivers 25 doses. Discard any remaining solution after 25 doses. Do not transfer remaining solution to another container.

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).