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Desmopressin acetate oral

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.





This medication is used to treat diabetes insipidus, for surgical procedures, head injury or other conditions requiring fluid control.

How To Use

Take this by mouth as directed. Your dose and the frequency with which you take this will be based on your condition and response. Do not increase the dose, take this more often or stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor.

Side Effects

Headache, nausea, mild stomach cramps and flushing may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: headache, 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.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood clotting disorders (hemophilia or von Willebrand's disease), high blood pressure, heart disease, fluid or vitamin/mineral (electrolyte) imbalances, allergies. This medication must be used with caution in children since they may be more sensitive to its effects. This medication must be used with caution in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to its effects. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. It is not known if desmopressin 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), 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.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include headache, nausea, stomach pain, and fluid retention.


Laboratory tests may be done to monitor your progress. In addition, the amount of fluid you drink may be monitored. Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take 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.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and moisture as directed. 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).