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DDAVP Rhinal Tube

PATIENT INFORMATION

DDAVP® Rhinal Tube
(desmopressin acetate)

Ensure that in children administration is under adult supervision in order to control the dose intake.

If you accidentally deliver/administer too much of a dose, immediately telephone your doctor or a certified Regional Poison Center for advice. Possible signs of overdose may include confusion, drowsiness, continuing headache, problems with passing urine and rapid weight gain due to fluid retention.

  1. Pull plastic tag on neck of bottle.
  2. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 1

  3. Break security seal and remove plastic cap.
  4. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 2

  5. Twist off the small knurled seal from the dropper. Use the same seal reversed to prevent subsequent leakage, especially if the bottle is not stored upright.
  6. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 3

  7. The drug is administered by a soft, flexible, plastic rhinal tube which has dose marks at 0.2, 0.15, 0.1 and 0.05 mL. Take the arrow-marked part of the tube in one hand and place the fingers of the other hand around the cylindrical part of the closure. Insert the top of the dropper in a downward position into the arrow-marked end of the tube and squeeze the dropper until the solution has reached the desired calibration mark. The dose is measured from the arrow-marked end of the tube to the appropriate calibration. Disconnect the tube from the bottle by withdrawing the bottle quickly downwards. In order to prevent air bubbles from forming in the tube, maintain constant pressure on the dropper. If difficulty is experienced in filling the tube, a diabetic or tuberculin syringe may be used to draw up the dose and load the tube.
  8. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 4

  9. Hold the tube with the fingers approximately ¾ inch from the end and insert into a nostril until the tips of the fingers reach the nostril.
  10. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 5

  11. Put the other end of the tube into the mouth. Hold the breath, tilt the head back and then blow with a short, strong puff through the tube so that the solution reaches the right place in the nasal cavity. Through this procedure, medication is limited to the nasal cavity and the preparation does not pass down into the throat.

    In very young patients, it may be necessary for an adult to blow the solution into the child's nose. In such cases, the tube will not need to be put into the nose as far as in the older child or adult. The tube should be placed in the nose gently just far enough so that the solution does not run out. A baby must be held firmly and securely.
  12. How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 6

  13. After use, reseal dropper tip and close the bottle with the plastic cap. Wash the tube in water and shake thoroughly, until no more water is left. The tube can then be used for the next application.

IMPORTANT: Replace Knurled Seal

How to use DDAVP® Rhinal Tube - illustration 7

Store refrigerated 2 to 8°C (36 to 46°F). When traveling, closed bottles will maintain stability for 3 weeks when stored at controlled room temperature, 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F).

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/12/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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