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DDAVP Injection Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: DDAVP
Generic Name: desmopressin (injection) (Pronunciation: DEZ mo press in)
- What is desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- What are the possible side effects of desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- What is the most important information I should know about injectable desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using injectable desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- How is injectable desmopressin given (DDAVP Injection)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (DDAVP Injection)?
- What happens if I overdose (DDAVP Injection)?
- What should I avoid while using desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- What other drugs will affect desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
Desmopressin is a man-made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the pituitary gland. This hormone is important for many functions including blood flow, blood pressure, kidney function, and regulating how the body uses water.
Desmopressin injection is used to treat hemophilia A or von Willebrand's disease Type I.
Desmopressin injection is also used to treat central cranial diabetes insipidus, and increased thirst and urination caused by head surgery or head trauma.
Desmopressin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using desmopressin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- nausea, vomiting, weakness, loss of appetite, headache, feeling restless or irritable, confusion, hallucinations, muscle pain or weakness, and/or seizure;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- vaginal pain; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, mild stomach pain;
- warmth, redness, or tingly feeling in your face; or
- pain, redness, or swelling where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the DDAVP Injection (desmopressin acetate injection) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about injectable desmopressin (DDAVP Injection)?
It is very important to reduce your intake of water and other fluids while you are using desmopressin. Drinking too much water can cause your body to lose sodium, which may lead to a serious, life-threatening electrolyte imbalance.
Fluid restriction is especially important in children and older adults using desmopressin. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.
You should not use this medication if you have severe kidney disease or if you have ever had hyponatremia (low sodium levels in your body).
Before using desmopressin, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, high or low blood pressure, an electrolyte imbalance, or a psychological disorder that causes extreme or unusual thirst.
Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.
To be sure desmopressin is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with this medication. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
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