Generic Name(s): Desmopressin
Drug Class: Factor VIII Activator, Vasopressin analogue
Treats: Thrombocytopenia, Diabetes insipidus, Enuresis, Bleeding
Ddavp is an antidiuretic hormone that works by reducing the amount of urine produced by your kidneys. Ddavp was developed to help patients with diabetes insipidus, but is gaining popularity in treating nighttime bed wetting in adults and children over the age of 6
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Ddavp is used to treat frequent thirst and urination triggered by brain injuries or diabetes insipidus. It is also used in treating hemophilia (a type of bleeding disorder). Some patients who suffer a head injury, or undergo brain surgery, do not make enough vasopressin. In these patients, Ddavp is used to replace the vasopressin which allows for better kidney function during the recovery process.
Below you will find the different uses for Ddavp:
- Excessive urination/thirst
- Diabetes Insipidus
Ddavp dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- .2 mg to .6 mg, taken once per day at bedtime
Ddavp Side Effects
Ddavp, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Ddavp, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Flushed feeling in the face
- Dizziness or fainting
- Decreased urine output
- Muscle cramps or painful muscles
- Fast or irregular heart rate
As with all drugs, before taking Ddavp, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication.