Desmopressin is used to help lower urine output in those with Diabetes Insipidus (a rare condition that involves extreme thirst and excessive urination).
Desmopressin tablet is also used to prevent nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting at night) in those aged five years and above.
It works by reducing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys and frequency of urination.
Common side effects of desmopressin include:
Inform your doctor if the side effects above become severe and bothersome.
There are some potentially serious, but rare side effects that may be experienced (from fluid overload):
Stop the medication and inform your doctor immediately if the side effects above occur, or if you experience any other side effects and allergic reactions (e.g. rash, swelling of the eyes and lips, difficulty breathing).
Diabetes insipidus:Desmopressin is usually administered up to two or three times day. This depends on age and response to the medication, as determined by your doctor.
Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting):Desmopressin tablet is administered once daily, at bedtime.Fluid intake should be limited to a minimum from 1 hour before administration until the next morning, or least 8 hours after administration. It is important for caregivers to follow the fluid restrictions strictly due to potential side effects if not adhered.
Desmopressin comes in three different forms:
Desmopressin tabletThe tablet is to be taken orally, with or without food. For those who are unable to swallow, the tablet may be crushed and mixed with small amounts of food or liquid for consumption.
Desmopressin intranasal solutionRefer to "Desmopressin Intranasal Solution (Administration" on administration of the solution.
Desmopressin nasal sprayRefer to "Desmopressin Nasal Spray (Administration)" on administration of the spray.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you want to give any other medicines, supplements or herbal products to your child.