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Desmopressin Acetate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Desmopressin Acetate Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

DDAVP®; Stimate®

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Desmopressin®; DDAVP®; DDAVP® Melt; Minirin®; Novo-Desmopressin; Octostim®; PMS-Desmopressin

Mexican Brand Names

Nafiset; Octostim; Pizzard

Pharmacologic Category

Antihemophilic Agent; Hemostatic Agent; Vasopressin Analog, Synthetic

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 3 months of age.

• If you have an allergy to desmopressin acetate or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have low sodium levels or severe kidney disease.

How does it work?

• Desmopressin is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body.

• It enhances reabsorption of water in the kidneys.

How is it best taken?


• Take this medicine at bedtime for bedwetting.

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider for drinking liquids.


• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

• Use solution and spray in the nose.

• Blow your nose before use.


• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, under the skin, or into a vein.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.


• Store DDAVP® and Stimate® at room temperature. Keep in upright position. Throw away any unused portion after 6 months.

• Store DDAVP® Rhinal Tube and Minirin™ in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused portion after 3 weeks.


• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:32:36.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:17:30.0

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