Without a Prescription
Desmopressin is a pharmaceutical product based on Desmopressin, a hormone that is administered via injection in order to reduce the urine flow in patients affected by certain medical conditions who experience related symptoms (such as increased urination, increased thirst and body water loss).
Your personal health care professional may decide to prescribe you a therapy course with Desmopressin if you are suffering from diabetes insipidus or certain types of brain injuries. Patients undergoing brain surgery may also receive administration of Desmopressin, to prevent or control the urine flow imbalance. In some situations, Desmopressin may also be prescribed for patients suffering from hemophilia or from von Willebrand's disease. Desmopressin may also be employed in the treatment of other medical affections that are not listed here, typically in combination with other drugs and medicines.
If you have received a prescription for this pharmaceutical product and are unsure why, or if you would like to obtain more information regarding the possible uses of Desmopressin, it is best to ask the prescribing doctor or a specialized health care professional such as a pharmacist.
Desmopressin should not be administered to patients suffering from severe renal impairment, and may only be employed with caution in the case of patients that are affected by Cystic fibrosis, dehydration, severe headache or migraine, hypertension or cardiac / circulatory disorders. If you are suffering from any of these it is best to seek the advice of your personal health care provider as alternative therapies may be better suited for your condition.
Desmopressin may not be suitable for the treatment of children and elderly patients due to their increased sensitivity to the medicine's effects and their susceptibility to developing adverse reactions. As such, if you belong in any of these age groups, it is best that you consult your physician before starting a therapy course with Desmopressin.
Desmopressin is administered to the patient through an injection. The administration should be performed by a trained health care professional; if you receive permission to self administer the injections you should make sure that you understand all of the administration guidelines. If you have further questions or if you have not fully understood the procedure it is best to ask your doctor or pharmacist for further explanations.
Desmopressin should be administered exactly as advised by the prescriber, and for the full duration of the therapy. Do not stop taking Desmopressin without consulting with your personal health care provider first.
In cases where Desmopressin is employed for the prevention or control of increased or frequent urination, the typical adult medication dosage is of 2 - 4 mcg per day divided in two daily doses (morning and evening). For children, the dosage depends on body weight - usually it will be of 0.025 mcg per kg of body weight. If the Desmopressin injections are administered for the treatment of blood disorders (e.g. hemophilia or von Willebrand's disease), the general daily dosage depends on the patient's body weight - roughly 0.3 mcg per kg of body weight administered slowly through an IV infusion, over 15 to 30 minutes.
The above dosages may differ from the one you have been indicated. If your personal health care provider recommends you a different Desmopressin dosage, you should only use the medication dosage that you have been prescribed as it is determined based on a number of factors that reflect your current health state. You should not use the medication dosage that has been prescribed to another individual and you should never exceed the recommended Desmopressin dose.
In the case of an Desmopressin overdose, the patient is at great risk of fluid retention. This may be manifested through reduced or no urination and swelling of the arms or legs, and a number of other side effects may appear. Some of the consequences of an overdose with this pharmaceutical product may be severe and may pose serious threat to the patient's general health condition and even to his or her life. As such, it is strongly recommended that you avoid taking large doses of Desmopressin. If at any point you believe that you have received too large a quantity through the Desmopressin injection it is imperative that you seek the assistance of qualified health care professionals by going to the nearest emergency room.
Should you miss any of your Desmopressin doses, you are advised to take it immediately when you remember before continuing with your normal dosing schedule. However, if another dose of the medicine is almost due, you should completely skip the missed injection in order to avoid doubling up your Desmopressin doses.
You are advised to immediately contact your personal physician at any point during your Desmopressin therapy if you begin experiencing arrhythmia, tachycardia or bradycardia, confusion, drowsiness, seizures, fever or chills, headache, decreased volume or frequency of urination, breathing difficulties, chest tightness, rapid weight gain, skin affections (rashes, hives). These are symptoms of severe side effects (including an allergic reaction to the medicine) and usually require emergency medical attention.
Treatment with Desmopressin may cause a number of other, less severe side effects as well. If you begin experiencing any unwanted symptoms and they become bothersome, you should seek the advice of your personal health care professional.
As most pharmaceutical products, Desmopressin may interact with other drugs and medicines causing unwanted drug reactions. In order to avoid any such accidental reactions it is best to inform your prescriber of any other medication you are currently taking, both prescription and over the counter. While some medicines may only require a dosage adjustment to ensure the safety of both therapies, other pharmaceutical products may render you unable to start a treatment with Desmopressin.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Desmopressin may also be known as: