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desmopressin (nasal)

Pronunciation: DEZ mo press in

Brand: DDAVP Nasal, DDAVP Rhinal Tube, Stimate

What is the most important information I should know about desmopressin nasal?

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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 nasal. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.

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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 nasal, 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.

Desmopressin nasal may be less effective if you have any swelling or scarring inside your nose, or any nasal or sinus problems (such as deviated septum).

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

To be sure desmopressin nasal 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.

What is desmopressin nasal?

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 nasal is used to treat central cranial diabetes insipidus, and increased thirst and urination caused by head surgery or head trauma.

Desmopressin nasal is also used to treat hemophilia A or von Willebrand's disease Type I.

Desmopressin nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using desmopressin nasal?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to desmopressin, or if you have:

  • severe kidney disease; or
  • if you have ever had hyponatremia (low sodium levels in your body).

Before using desmopressin nasal, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, or 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 psychologic disorder that causes extreme or unusual thirst.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use desmopressin.

Desmopressin nasal may be less effective if you have any swelling or scarring inside your nose, or any nasal or sinus problems (such as deviated septum).

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not use desmopressin nasal without telling your doctor if you are pregnant.

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It is not known whether desmopressin nasal passes into breast milk, or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use desmopressin nasal without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use desmopressin nasal?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

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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 nasal. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.

Before using desmopressin nasal spray for the first time, prime the spray pump by pressing down on the pump 4 times.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with desmopressin nasal. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

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Keep track of how many sprays have been used from each bottle of desmopressin nasal spray. Stimate nasal spray contains enough desmopressin for the priming spray plus 25 full sprays. DDAVP nasal spray contains enough desmopressin for the priming spray plus 50 sprays. Your patient instructions may include a check-off chart to help you keep an accurate record or sprays you use.

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If you are treating hemophilia or von Willebrand's disease, call your doctor if your bleeding is not controlled during treatment with desmopressin nasal.

The desmopressin nasal spray bottle should be thrown away after the specified number of sprays have been used, even if there is medicine leftover in the bottle. Do not try to pour solution from one bottle to another.

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Store DDAVP nasal spray at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle in an upright position when not in use.

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Store Stimate nasal spray or DDAVP Rhinal Tube in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. If refrigeration is not available, you may keep the closed bottles at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include headache, confusion, drowsiness, rapid weight gain, or urination problems.

What should I avoid while using desmopressin nasal?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using desmopressin.

What are the possible side effects of desmopressin nasal?

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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.

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Stop using desmopressin nasal 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;
  • swelling;
  • chest pain, fast or pounding heart rate;
  • vaginal pain;
  • nosebleed; 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:

  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • sore throat, cough, or other cold symptoms;
  • eye redness or watering;
  • eye itching or increased sensitivity to light;
  • headache, weakness;
  • feeling dizzy or agitated;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • hot or cold feeling; or
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling in your face.

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.

What other drugs will affect desmopressin nasal?

Many drugs can interact with desmopressin nasal. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:

  • carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol);
  • chlorpromazine (Thorazine);
  • lamotrigine (Lamictal);
  • oxybutynin (Ditropan, Urotrol, Oxytrol);
  • vasopressin (Pitressin);
  • a narcotic pain medicine such as fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic), hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), and others;
  • an "SSRI" antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft);
  • a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Etrafon), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), and others;
  • medicine to treat erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra);
  • drugs to treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder, such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), terazosin (Hytrin), tamsulosin (Flomax);
  • a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin), bisoprolol (Zebeta, Ziac), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), or timolol (Blocadren); or
  • an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), and others.

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with desmopressin nasal. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about desmopressin nasal.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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