What is this medicine?
DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made hormone. It is used to treat or prevent bleeding in patients with Hemophilia A and von Willebrand's Disease. This medicine is also used to reduce urine production in patients with diabetes insipidus.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- blood clot in the past
- cystic fibrosis
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- kidney disease
- low levels of sodium in the blood
- an unusual or allergic reaction to desmopressin, vasopressin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is infused into a vein or injected under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you use this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose and it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- medicines for asthma, breathing problems, colds
- medicines for low blood pressure
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. You will need to have blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
Talk with your doctor about how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. Only drink enough fluid to satisfy your thirst or as directed. Too much or not enough water can cause harm.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- change in blood pressure
- chest pain, tightness
- difficulty breathing
- fast heart rate
- retaining water
- sudden weight gain
- unusual bleeding, bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- flushing, reddening of the skin
- nausea, vomiting
- pain, redness where injected
- stomach cramps
- vaginal area pain
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
You will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
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.