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What is this medicine?

DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made hormone. It helps to control urination and thirst. This medicine is used to treat central diabetes insipidus. It is used in patients after a head injury or some surgeries. This medicine is also used to treat or prevent bleeding in patients with Hemophilia A and von Willebrand's Disease.

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
  • congestion, injury, swelling of the nose
  • 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
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nose spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

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?

  • alcohol
  • demeclocycline
  • medicines for asthma, breathing problems, and 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 may need to get some lab tests done while taking this medicine.

Talk with your doctor about how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. Too much or not enough water can cause harm.

               
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