Highlights for desmopressin
desmopressin Side Effects
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
- 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
- stomach cramps
desmopressin May Interact with Other Medications
- medicines for asthma, breathing problems, or colds
- medicines for low blood pressure
How to Use desmopressin
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- 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
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups.
Talk with your doctor about how many glasses of water or other fluids 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.
Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor if you get sick and cannot eat or drink as you normally do.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from high heat and bright light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: April 9, 2009